Reasons To Shop Local (As If You Need One)

The Friday after Thanksgiving is considered the official start of the Christmas shopping season. (Of course that has changed in the past years with stores open on Thanksgiving and “Black Friday” specials starting in early November.)

You may not know that the Friday after Thanksgiving is also Plaid Friday. The name “Plaid Friday” celebrates the idea of local, which aims to promote the importance of supporting our community by shopping at small businesses. The plaid pattern represents weaving the individual threads of small businesses together to create a strong fabric that celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses. Plaid Friday is the relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the big box store “Black Friday,” and is designed to promote both local and independently owned businesses, especially during the holiday season. You can see some of the local made products we carry here.

Recycled Wool Mitten Ornament

Ingebretsen’s has been a Minneapolis business since 1921 and counts on our community (both here in the Twin Cities and, now, across the country via the internet) to shop locally. Ingebretsen’s loves the holiday season and looks forward to seeing you in our store.

Need some reasons to shop locally:

You support schools, police and fire departments. When you shop small, the bulk of the money you spend and most of your taxes stay local — helping schools, paving streets, keeping you safe. According to the research firm Civic Economics, for every $100 you spend:

  • In a local small business, $68 stays in your community.
  • At a local branch of a chain store, $43 remains.
  • Online out-of-state companies, virtually no money stays local.
Town Tomte

Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally. Since the 1970s, more than 65% of new jobs have come from the rise in small business. Not only do small businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, they’re also the customers of local businesses themselves.

Reduces environmental impact. Because local businesses make more local purchases, less transportation is required. In turn, you’re contributing less to pollution, traffic congestion, habitat loss and resource depletion.

Woodland Notecards from Kirsten Sevig

Non-profits receive more support. Local business owners provide significant support for non-profits. In fact, non-profits receive as much as 350% more money from local shops than non-locally owned businesses.

We appreciate your continued business as we come up on our 100 year anniversary.