The benefits of shopping locally

Can stretch your dollar and help stranggers too
Posted at 6:37 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 18:37:38-05

Small businesses are popping up everywhere from St. Petersburg, to Hyde Park to Seminole Heights. Urban Bungalow in Seminole Heights opened it's doors two years ago.

"You really are going to get unique items that you are looking for,' said owner David Hansen.

That's only one incentive shopping local.

"Most of that money is staying in your community," said Hansen.

Hansen is right. Look at the number sent in from Rep.Kathy Castor's Office. For every $100 dollars spent $68 helps your neighborhood compared to $43 when you buy at a traditional brick and mortar store.

"Spread the wealth to everybody so everybody gets a part of it," said Hansen.

The money goes towards infrastructure to beautifying neighborhoods. Americans seem to be embracing the bonuses of shopping in their neighborhood stores. According to national statistics, local shops generate 54% in sales and right now might be the time to shop. Small business Saturday is this weekend.

"We get a lo of things new with tags," said Cody Lash with Mosh Posh Comsignment.

Lash said if you buy a gift card now, "We will double it when you come into the store, Friday. Saturday or Sunday  up to $100.00."

Many owners are able to offer great deals thanks to the local economy. Castor said a low unemployment rate and even low gas prices could mean more cash in people's pocket's.

It is not only a great deal for the consumer, the community but charities too

"We always donate to the Spring. Everything that does not sell goes there as well as other local charities," said Lash.

Hansen added, "We work with a lot of the local churches and schools. It is a win win."