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Why Shop Local


Ensure Your Community’s Economic Health

In these days of national chains that repeat themselves on every corner, we would like to remind you that independent retail businesses are owned by your friends and neighbors who are vitally interested in the life and health of their communities. When you shop with a locally-owned business, you have an opportunity to broaden your acquaintance in the community as well as to ensure the economic and cultural health of the place where you have put down roots.


Shop at an Independent Bookstore!

In the book industry, it is the varied demands from independent booksellers and independent-minded readers that make it possible for quirky or controversial books and first-time authors to get published. To find an MPIBA independent member store near you in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, please visit “find a bookstore” in this website.


What Are The Benefits to Shopping Locally?

The Economy

  • Local businesses create higher-paying jobs.
  • Spend $100 with a local independent store and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
  • More of your taxes are reinvested in your community – where they belong.

The Environment

  • Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.

The Community

  • Local retailers are your friends and neighbors – support them and they’ll support you.
  • Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
  • More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.
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