Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the growing “buy local” trend. This trend has swept the country in the past years, inspiring everything from local outdoor markets to the recent addition of Small Business Saturday to the post-Thanksgiving sale lineups.

But why is supporting local businesses so popular? Forecast to be a major post-pandemic trend, buying local is a great way to support your community. Keep reading to learn why you should consider supporting local businesses, from the local grocery store to your favorite cannabis dispensary.

1. More Money Stays in the Community

If you want to offer a much-needed economic boost right here in Anchorage, there’s no better way than by buying local. Local businesses tend to buy from other local or regional businesses and service providers, meaning that most of your money stays right where it should be. Research shows that buying local can generate up to 3.5 times more wealth for the local economy than buying from a big-box chain business.

2. More Jobs for People Around You

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses are a significant force when it comes to influencing US job growth, accounting for 1.9 million net new jobs in 2018, the latest year studied.

When you buy products and services on a local scale, you’re impacting the need for more jobs right in our neighborhood.

3. Better Customer Service

This one’s a benefit just for you: great local customer service! When you buy locally, you work with company representatives who know our close-knit community.

When you’re shopping in Anchorage, you’re buying locally on a scale that’s different from other places in the U.S. With our geographic isolation from the rest of the country, other retailers may not know how to handle your needs.

A local representative, on the other hand, can enrich your experience and ensure you’re getting the best products and services our region has to offer. Head to a farmers market to hear exactly where your favorite veggies were picked, or ask your chef where your fish was caught!

4. A Large Spectrum of Products

Going with products and services from big-box retailers means finding cookie-cutter selections that are the same ones you’d find virtually anywhere else in the country. If you want a diverse spectrum of products, buying local will get you there! You’d be surprised how many unique, one-of-a-kind items you can find from local sources.

Consider our unique fireweed syrup, our favorite locally made woolen wear, our great Alaskan cannabis strains, or our unique coffee shop scene. Opting for the vibrant choices Anchorage has to offer can open you up to new opportunities for purchases you’ll fall in love with.

5. Better Community Support

As we mentioned above, small business owners tend to support other local small businesses—but that support extends beyond finances.

Local grocers are more likely to stock foods made in the area, for example, and local cafes tend to display local artwork and host local music nights. They’re also more likely to support charities, schools, organizations, and community groups in the area. When you put your money toward local products, you’re helping support more people in your community as a whole.

6. Less Environmental Impact

Looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint? Purchasing goods made in your local community is a great step in the right direction.

When you shop at big-box grocery stores, the foods you put into your basket may travel thousands of miles to reach your plate. On the other hand, buying food that was grown in the area means you’ll avoid the long road trip or overseas flight, cutting down on air pollution, fuel consumption, and electricity costs for refrigeration. If you’re purchasing foods from smaller farms in our area, you may even find many that use fewer pesticides and toxins, opting for organic products that don’t harm the land.

7. Fresher Foods

Most produce in the US is picked several days before it even hits the supermarket shelf, which is—as we said above—pretty bad for the environment. However, it’s also bad for your dinner plate!

On the other hand, choosing to buy local foods is a great way to make sure your food is fresher and more nutritious once it actually ends up in your mouth. This can include finding shops that buy from local fisheries, opting for distilleries throughout the region, or shopping for products you can find at local markets.

8. Protected Local Land

If you love calling Anchorage home and want to keep it just the way it is, buying local can help. When you buy local products, you’re supporting our local producers, farmers, fishers, craftsmen, and more. This, in turn, means that their businesses can remain in operation.

By keeping these locally owned and operated farms running strong, you’re ensuring that business developers don’t have the opportunity to scoop them up, transforming the area and the local environment.

Get the Best Local Products From Our Cannabis Dispensary

Shopping from businesses right here in Anchorage offers a host of benefits, both for you and for the community you love. If you’re proud of our region, supporting small businesses can help it continue thriving—so make the most of what we have to offer!

If you’re interested in a wealth of local products from a trusted cannabis dispensary, check out our menu for the best strains the region has to offer. As always, we’re happy to help with any questions you may have as you try to find the best local products for your needs.