There are many definable benefits to be had from buying local.
Shops and other small businesses – whether they offer products, services, or both – tend to employ the local people.
On top of that, a lot of smaller independent businesses, and even some franchise or dealer outlets, are actually owned by local people too.
When it comes to products, and services as well, we have a lot to choose from in our corner of the world.
“When Marg [Anderson] and I first moved to Crookwell we were very impressed in what the town had to offer” says Jan Pont.
You may know of Jan and Marg from various community activities, including their work to organise and promote events like the Crookwell Garden Festival and the Crookwell Potato Festival.
With “two Chemists, two butchers, a great IGA plus several gift shops, we decided that we would buy our food, alcohol and [Christmas] gifts locally.”
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Jan pointed out a number of helpful examples. “We are spoilt for choice with gift shops stocking unique country-style gifts, homewares, accessories and clothing,” and mentioned the hardware and other supply stores too.
Beyond gifts, you can also prepare for your holiday break with a variety of leisure supplies.
“If your family is into camping, how about checking out the range of tents, sleeping bags and all things necessary for outdoor holidaying that are available.”
You can also get all the food you will need around Christmas time. “You can’t go past the butchers, especially the home-smoked ham, and of course Crookwell has an award-winning grocery store.”
Going out for a meal is pleasurable experience too.
“Don’t forget our great pubs and cafes who work tirelessly to feed us,” Jan enthused. “We have people coming from Canberra just to eat and shop here, not to mention the many tourists who come through.”