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Dunham’s Department Store Keeps Downtown Shopping in the Family

Dunham’s Department Store Keeps Downtown Shopping in the Family

Located in downtown Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, Dunham’s Department Store has seen more than 100 years in business. Dunham’s is one of the only independent, family-owned department stores left in the country. Over the years, the Dunham family has carried its business through a damaging fire, Great Depression and, now, the age of the internet. “I think retailing is in our blood,” says Ann Dunham Rawson, who now runs the family business…read more →

The Local Economy Solution Promotes Long-term Economic Success

The Local Economy Solution Promotes Long-term Economic Success

When it comes to the economy, Americans want to see growth. We want more jobs with higher wages and the increased purchasing power that comes with those two things. In The Local Economy Solution, renowned economist Michael Shuman proposes a new way of chasing growth that both brings Americans the prosperity they’re after and ensures that prosperity remains intact for years to come. All too often, cities and states chase…read more →

Retail Incubators Like Selden Market Make Commercial Space More Affordable

Retail Incubators Like Selden Market Make Commercial Space More Affordable

As commercial rents rise and downtown real estate becomes more homogenized, small retailers, makers and creators may find it increasingly hard to set up shop on Main Street. But what is Main Street without locally and independently owned businesses? A new trend, retail incubators like Norfolk’s Selden Market aim to preserve the vibrancy of downtown and sustain Main Street as a safe haven for small business. In Norfolk, Virginia, Selden…read more →

San Francisco Locally Owned Merchants Alliance Fosters Retail Diversity

San Francisco Locally Owned Merchants Alliance Fosters Retail Diversity

Given its proximity to Silicon Valley, San Francisco is a city known for its start-ups. However, it’s not just the futuristic, high-tech companies that matter to the national and local economy. Representing more than 200 local, small businesses, the San Francisco Locally Owned Merchants Alliance (SFLOMA) supports the spectrum of brick and mortar businesses that fill the Bay Area with a diverse retail experience. Founded in 2000, SFLOMA brings together…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: How to Create the Small Business Experience

Small Biz Tip of the Month: How to Create the Small Business Experience

These days, research shows that consumers would rather spend money on experiences than on stuff. Shoppers may not need a new picture frame, but they may want to learn to make one on their own. Similarly, they may have a fridge full of food and drinks, but they might prefer to leave that at home and head to the local restaurant or brewery hosting trivia night with their friends. As…read more →

Independent Brewers Alliance Gives Small Brewers Big Power

Independent Brewers Alliance Gives Small Brewers Big Power

In recent years, craft breweries have taken the country by storm. Their tours have become must-dos for locals and tourists alike, while their IPAs and lagers have become staples at local restaurants, ballparks and grocery stores. In fact, the number of breweries nationwide reached a record high at the end of last year, with more than 5,000 breweries in operation, many of them small and independently owned. Still, despite the…read more →

Locally Creates a Better Online Experience for Consumers & Independents

Locally Creates a Better Online Experience for Consumers & Independents

In July of 2014, Locally launched a platform to connect local businesses with consumers in their area. The New Orleans-based start-up company gave local retailers and brands an easy way to create an omni-channel business model, blending their brick-and-mortar shops with Locally’s online platform. Now, as Locally enters its fourth year, the mission remains the same, but the platform has evolved in exciting new ways. For consumers, Locally offers a…read more →

Real Local RVA Cooks Up Local Collaboration

Real Local RVA Cooks Up Local Collaboration

In Richmond, Virginia, members of Real Local RVA believe it’s better for independent growers, grocers and restaurants to collaborate rather than compete. The group works to support and raise awareness for the local food movement, as well as the local choices available to people in the greater Richmond area. Like the local food it supports, Real Local RVA has grown into a successful operation for the local community. Real Local…read more →

Celebrate You Local Farmers Market this Week and Every Week

Celebrate You Local Farmers Market this Week and Every Week

Did you know that this week marks the 18th annual National Farmers Market Week in the U.S.? Join us and more than 8,600 farmers markets across the country in celebrating locally grown food and the hardworking farmers who grow it this week and throughout the rest of the season! Farmers markets are an important and increasingly popular component to the retail food market. They connect farmers and ranchers with local consumers,…read more →

Metzger’s Hardware Makes Main Street Feel Like Home

Metzger’s Hardware Makes Main Street Feel Like Home

The small southwestern community of Los Alamos, New Mexico, is probably best known for the government lab that sits on outskirts of town. The lab brings people from distant cities like San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to town, but Metzger’s Hardware and Los Alamos Main Street work to give those New Mexico transplants — and longtime locals — a reason to stay. “This town is a little different from others…read more →

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