8 Reasons To Shop Local


Article by Kendall Houlton

Photography by Provided

AUTHOR'S NOTE: See the local businesses at the end of this article and discovery why Idaho residents are going out of their way to shop in person, via online local shopping, curbside pickup, or delivery. Let these business owners know you are SHOPPING LOCAL FIRST!

The holiday season is in full swing. It's a time of joy, reflection, hope, and shopping - lots and lots of shopping. While there's no arguing that online shopping can be convenient, however, does the ease of clicking an online link supersede the emotional benefits you'd feel from contributing to someone's livelihood by shopping local? We all have the ability to support our community friends and neighbors — all the business owners who make our community a wonderful place to live. Here are some of the key reasons to shop local this holiday season.


According to the American Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), when you shop local, approximately 48% of the cost of your purchase is recirculated right back into the local economy. We can all agree that every dollar helps, especially around Christmas time.


Small business is, quite frankly, big business. According to a study by Michigan State University, small local businesses are the largest employers nationally, employing as much as 52 percent of the nation's employees. When you shop local, you create job stability for current working citizens in your community, as well as opening the door for more local hiring opportunities. And what better way to celebrate the holidays and the coming new year than with a reliable job that's close to home?


The Treasure Valley is full of incredibly talented artists who can't afford shop space until their business takes off, leading them to partner with local businesses to sell their products at a storefront. So when you shop local, you give those craftspeople the exposure and funding they need to grow their business. Your family will feel extra special knowing you got them something personalized that just can't be found anywhere else!


By the time fruits and vegetables travel across the country to your table, they're often times depleted of the key nutrients they once had if bought at peak freshness from a local farmers market or supermarket. When you shop and dine locally, you're getting a healthier and tastier version of the same product found at a chain store. We believe your belly will thank you during the holidays when you're feasting on fresh, roasted vegetables you bought from the farm up the road.


Some of the biggest perks of shopping local are the personalized customer service and the unique, hand-crafted items you come across. Our local business owners often times build their own business from scratch and do so because they are passionate about keeping their products and services exclusive to our community. Many times, small business owners are able to craft and personalize a product just for you.


Local farmer's markets are found to have a positive effect on total agricultural sales across the country. Every time you support your local farmers market or grocer, the farmers will thank you. An added bonus is being able to personally thank the farmer who grew your food. Isn't expressing gratitude what the holidays are all about?


Many small business owners donate some portion of their profits to charitable Treasure Valley organizations each year. So every time you shop local, a portion of your dollars may also be donated to a local charity, especially during this unprecedented year and during the holidays.


When you buy local, you experience the perk of seeing your salesperson face-to-face, to help you with future orders or to customize an order you've already placed with them. Shopping online, you may be directed to an digital portal or phone recording, warning you that hold times are "longer than usual." Do we really need this kind of added stress during the holidays? In addition, our local business owners have community connections allowing them to deliver you exclusive recommendations for other needs you may have. And who doesn't love a good deal around the holidays?

01 THE NEST, EAGLE & MERIDIAN: New Holiday inspired bedding, home furnishings, artwork, decorations, and gifts - TheNestBoise.com

02 RICOCHET HOME CONSIGNMENT, GARDEN CITY: A bold statement side chair to change the vibe of your room -  RicochetBoise.com

03 MAISON BLUE, EAGLE: High-end European antique furniture, lighting and home goods including Country Estate Delft dinnerware -  MaisonBlue.com

01 FIRST FEDERAL BANK: Give the perfect gift every time with a $10 - $1,000 VISA Gift Card - BankFirstFed.com

02 KING, BARRIOS & BARTLETT INVESTMENT GROUP: View your accounts, securely contact your advisor, and access market data at the touch of a button - KBBRBC.com

03 ADVANCED HEATING AND COOLING: 25-point furnace tune-up special: safety inspection & standard filter $79 - AdvancedHeatingandCooling.com

01 BANNER BANK: Finance up to 97% LTV (Loan-to-Value) and we can even help with your down payment. Contact Crystal McClain & Jeff Enrico - BannerBank.com

02 WINDOW COVERING OUTLET: In-home consultations and measuring are always FREE within the service area - WindowCoveringOutlet.com

03 PANACHE HAIR STUDIO & DAY SPA: Gift cards available. Now showcasing our newest product, Botanical Repair! - PanacheSpaBoise.com

01 AMAZING EXTERIORS: Offering the best quality replacement windows, siding, and entry doors for your home. - AmazingExteriors.com

02 YOUNG GROUP SUN VALLEY: Darlene Young, a long-time success as a high-end resort property broker. - YoungGroupSunValley.com

03 ALBERTSONS MARKET: Dinner selections include an entrée, all the sides, dressings and condiments. - AlbertsonsMarket.com

01 CASTLE & COOKE MORTGAGE: Purchase and refinance loans; Fixed-rate and ARM loans; Options with as little as 3.5% down - sboyle.CastleCookeMortgage.com

02 BASSETT FURNITURE: Fall Clearance Sale, and see bigger discounts on some of your fave styles at your local store! - BassettFurniture.com

03 GRAEBER AND COMPANY: To celebrate our 55th Anniversary, we decided to bring exclusive savings on your favorite Aveda products. - GraeberandCompany.com

01 SEVOY GALLERY & ANTIQUE: A leader in the importation of European antiques. - Sevoy.com

02 TASTE ASIAN FUSION BISTRO: Gift card delivered in a customized greeting card by email, mail, or printout. - TasteBoise.com

03 VIEWPOINT WINDOWS: Whether building a home, remodeling, or replacing existing windows or doors. - ViewpointWindows.com

01 HEADWATERS WEALTH MANAGEMENT: We serve individuals, families, and businesses, in all areas of investment planning. - Headwaterswm.com

02 REID SANBORN, Engel & Völkers: Situated in the heart of Ketchum, Idaho, a brand new condominium development. - ReidSanborn.evRealEstate.com

03 JIM'S APPLIANCE: Brands & appliance packages as replacement, remodel, or new construction. - JimsAppliance.com

01 OLIVE AND VYNE: Shop online or call to arrange distinctive gift packages, boxes, or baskets with your recipients in mind. We offer shipping, curbside pickup and local delivery for businesses and residential. - OliveandVyne.com

02 FRANZ WITTE: Holiday deals! We've got gift cards, candles, gnomes and more for the Holidays. - FranzWitte.com

03 STRETCHLAB: Boise & Eagle First Time 5O-Minute Mobility Assessment Stretch only $59. - StretchLab.com

01 SNAKE RIVER POOL & SPA: Multi-game arcade: 60 games from the 80’s including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Golden Tee & More! - TheSpaTeam.com

02 CHANDLERS PRIME STEAKS & SEAFOOD: Gift card for best steak, seafood, wines and cocktail along with live jazz entertainment. - ChandlersBoise.com

03 ROASTERE´ SPECIALTY COFFEE: 90 Varieties of Gourmet Coffee with convenience of a one stop shop. tvCoffee.com

01 TWO RIVERS SALON & SPA: Gift certificates are valid for use on any services or products. - TwoRiversSpa.com

02 ALPINE TREE SERVICE: Tree trimmers/removal, equipment operators, soil nutrition, pest management, and fruit tree care. - AlpineTreeService.net

03 TAMARACK RESORT: Express Cards for guaranteed access to the lifts, flexibility to choose dates and save money! - TamarackIdaho.com

01 HAL DAVIS JEWELERS: Add an all-around shine with a pair of flawless diamond hoops. - HalDavis.com

02 TAMARACK REALTY: Luxury condominiums to cottages, townhomes, chalets, custom homes and home sites. - TamarackRealty.com

03 SAINT ALPHONSUS MEDICAL CENTER: Volunteer, contribute cash, donate in-kind items, or leave a legacy gift to make a difference. - SaintAlphonsus.org

01 UNITY HEALTH CENTER: Full range of aesthetic services are set to be a gift they won't forget. - uhcIdaho.com

02 RAIN SALON & SPA: Hydrafacial is gentle, compatible for all skin types. - RainSalonandSpa.org

03 ROCKET EXPRESS CAR WASH: Dedicated express lane, tipping included no signup fee, or lengthy contract. - RocketExpress.com

01 CHALLENGER SCHOOL: Located in Boise & Meridian, preschool to eighth-grade students. - ChallengerSchool.com

02 SALTZER HEALTH: internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, midwifery, urgent care, rheumatology, and other specialties. SaltzerHealth.com

03 ELITHARP GROUP: Buying and selling your home is a big deal, and our goal is to make it as easy as possible. ElitharpGroup.com

01 ROOST COLLECTION: Thymes Frasier Fir Petite Reed Diffuser, freshly cut forest scent through your surroundings. $38.00 - RoostCollection.com

02 HEALTH BENEFITS OF BOISE: Open enrollment for Medicare and Individual/Families. Our services are free. - HealthBenefitsOfBoise.com

03 SIMMONS FINE JEWELRY: The Chronomat timepiece and a John Hardy bracelet - the perfect accessories. - SimmonsFineJewelry.com

01 MERRY MAIDS: With flexible scheduling we can be there for you when you need us, and away when you don’t. - MerryMaids.com

02 CHARLES KNOWLES PHOTOGRAPHER: The sun was low peaking through the forest behind me. I thought it looked like a Christmas. - KnowlesGallery.com

03 ORANGE THEORY FITNESS: high intensity workout o spike your metabolism and boost energy. Try us for free today! - OrangeTheory.com

01 IDAHO BEEF COUNCIL: This weekend, fire up the grill and become a part of Idaho's rich and delicious beef history. - idBeef.org

02 HERITAGE REFLECTIONS: Finest handcrafted Amish furniture and quality decor for any room in your home. HeritageReflections.com

03 PARAGON MENS HEALTH: A breakthrough solution for men suffering from the effects of Erectile Dysfunction (ED). - ParagonMensHealth.com

01 THE GROVE HOTEL: AAA Four Diamond full-service hotel upholding its reputation as the city’s premier hotel by offering luxury without sacrificing comfort. - GroveHotelBoise.com

02 AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL DREAMER & RENDITIONS: Specializing in locally made furniture, furniture made in the USA, as well as one-of-a-kind from all over the world. - RenditionsFurniture.com

03 TDS FIBER: Bringing the future of Internet, TV, and phone services to neighborhoods like yours. - tdsFiber.com

01 G&G INSULATION: Knowledge, experience and expertise to provide energy-saving solutions for homeowners and builders. - GandGInsulation.com

02 BALLET IDAHO: Join us for a revolutionary season launching in November 2020 on Ballet Idaho’s new digital streaming platform. - BalletIdaho.org

03 BOISE RESCUE MISSION: The Rescue Mission Thrift Store. Quality clothing, furniture and household items for affordable prices. - BoiseRM.org

01 CALIFORNIA CLOSETS: Leader in premium and luxury space management, delivering truly custom products. - CaliforniaClosets.com

02 CLOTHESLINE CLEANERS: Boise and Meridian dry-cleaning, laundry, and clothing maintenance needs with state of the art equipment, cutting edge technology, and top notch service. - ClotheslineCleaners.com

03 IDEAL IDAHO COLLEGE SAVINGS PROGRAM: A state sponsored, tax advantage savings plan that helps families pay for the cost of college. - idSaves.org

01 MOUNTAIN WEST IRA: Record keeping services for individuals and small business owners who desire to include non-traditional assets within their tax-deferred and tax-free portfolios. - MountainWestIRA.com

02 SPARKLIGHT: Wide array of connectivity and entertainment services, including high-speed internet and advanced Wi-Fi solutions, cable television and phone service. - Sparklight.com

03 WESTMARK CREDIT UNION: A full-service financial cooperative, entirely owned by our members and committed to the development of their financial future. - Westmark.org

01 ZEROREZ BOISE CARPET CLEANING: Unique zr process™ with Powered Water®, a patented electrolysis process creating a powerful cleaning solution without harmful toxins or chemicals. - ZerorezBoise.com

02 HAWLEY TROXELL: Full service business law firm providing solutions to the challenges of doing business, from formation to exit. - HawleyTroxell.com

03 HIGHLANDS HOLLOW: delicious down home meal, a lovingly crafted beer, and to have it served up by people who genuinely care warm & friendly place. - HighlandsHollow.com

01 MADELINE GEORGE GARDEN DESIGN & NURSERY: We're making some exciting changes which includes opening a coffee and refreshment bar. We reopen Friday, November 13th for the Holidays. - MadelineGeorge.com

02 SPARK MD: Our simplified healthcare model lets us offer wellness care, urgent care, injury care, dermatologic care, pap smears, flu shots, stitches, pregnancy tests and much more. - SparkMD.org

03 WESTSIDE DRIVE IN: Christmas is right around the corner and I'm sure your loved ones would love a Westside gift card! So come on down and see our wonderful crew today! - WestsideDriveIn.com

01 WILDFLOWER INTUITIVE CENTER: Licensed clinical support combined with the relaxing touch of reiki to assist clients as they navigate the stress of serious illness. - WildflowerIntuitiveCenter.com

02 CYPRESS TOURS: Small groups, hands-on experiences, wine, dine and adventure. It’s turn-key travel – I’ll take care of everything. - CypressTours.club

03 BRYANT REAL ESTATE, WITH WINDERMERE: If you’re in the market to buy or sell a home, you’ve come to the right spot. BryantRealEstate.Withwre.com

Businesses Featured in this Article

Advanced Heating & Cooling

Albertson's Companies

Alpine Tree Service

Amazing Exteriors of Boise

America the Beautiful Dreamer

Ballet Idaho and Academy

Banner Bank

Banner Bank - Mortgage

Bassett Furniture

Boise Rescue Mission

Boise Rescue Mission-Warehouse

California Closets

California Closets - Boise

Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC.

Challenger School

Chandlers Prime Steaks and Fine Seafood

Chandlers Steakhouse Boise

Clothesline Cleaners

Elitharp Group

First Federal Savings Bank Of Twin Falls

Franz Witte Landscape, Nursery

G & G Insulation

Graeber & Company

Hal Davis Jewelers

Hawley Troxell

Headwaters Wealth Management

Health Benefits of Boise, LLC

Heritage Reflections

Highlands Hollow

Idaho Beef Council

Jim's Appliances

King, Barrios & Bartlett Investment Group

Knowles Photography

Madeline George Nursery

Maison Blue

Merry Maids - Meridian

Mitchell + Palmer - Brundage

Mountain West IRA, Inc.

Olive and Vyne

OrangeTheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness

Panache Hair Studio & Day Spa

Paragon Men's Health

Rain Salon and Spa

Reid Sanborn, Engel & Volkers

Rocket Express Car Wash/ZIPS Car Wash

Roost Gift & Home

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

Saltzer Health

Sawtooth Shutter

Sevoy Mid-Century, Vintage Furniture, Art

Simmons Fine Jewelry

Snake River Pool & Spa

Spark MD

StretchLab Boise

Taste Asian Fusion Bistro

TDS Telecom

The Grove Hotel

The Nest - Boise

Treasure Valley Coffee/Roastere

Two Rivers Salon & Spa

Two Rivers Spa

Unity Health Center

View Point Windows, Inc.

Westmark Credit Union

Westside Drive-in

Westside Drive-In (curbside)

Wildflower Intuitive Center, LLC

Windermere Real Estate Boise Valley

Window Covering Outlet

Young Group Real Estate - Engel & Volkers Sun Valley

Zerorez Boise

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