Browse WEV’s virtual Shop Local Market to find great gifts this holiday season. You will be supporting your friends, neighbors, and community by shopping local – from the comfort of your own home. Discover local businesses that give California’s Central Coast its unique flair and find out about the business owners whose vision brings the vibrant WEV community to life.
When you choose to buy your clothing from a locally-owned boutique, you get a great new outfit and you help the business keep their employees on payroll. Dining in local restaurants allows them to sponsor little league teams. Choosing a local cleaning service helps the business owner pay for their child’s piano lessons.
When you shop at locally-owned and operated businesses, approximately 67 cents from every dollar spent at a small business remains in the local economy, creating jobs and strengthening local supply chains. Locally-owned businesses are linked to income growth and lower levels of poverty in their communities; they also tend to retain, and even create, more jobs than other businesses during economic downturns. Communities with a vital small businesses sector are also associated with greater civic engagement and better public health outcomes than those dominated by larger businesses.
Shifting habits can be tough, but this change doesn’t have to be radical. Studies show that shifting just 10% of spending from chain stores and large online retailers to local businesses can make a major difference in the local economy. If you have a daily hot beverage habit, buying from a locally-owned coffee shop just one day a week makes a difference!
Can I buy this from a local business? We encourage you to think local first when making a purchase. This thoughtful choice creates jobs and supports families. With this choice, you help to build the fun, vibrant, and unique communities we are proud to call home.