Shopping small is defined as purchasing goods and services from independently owned small businesses. There are plenty of reasons to frequent local shops for all sorts of merchandise, but in Glenwood Springs you can win big when you shop small.
Besides an abundance of hot springs, Glenwood Springs is also home to a large, diverse and thriving business community. Helmed by local entrepreneurs, small businesses in Glenwood Springs include coffee shops, bars and restaurants; clothing, consignments, craft, jewelry, music, sporting goods and shoe stores; boutiques, day spas, entertainment venues, pet shops, pharmacies, repair shops, salons and sweet shops. That’s a lot of shopping, and as it turns out, an abundance of chances to win.
This year, when you highlight your local retail experience by posting a photo of yourself shopping in Glenwood Springs through Dec. 24 on social media, you can enter to win hot springs passes and a Glenwood Springs goody bag! Just use the hashtag #ShopGlenwood on your post. The winner will be drawn at random after the holidays, on Jan. 2, 2020.
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5 More Reasons to Shop Small in Glenwood Springs
- Glenwood Springs small businesses excel at customer service. Owners make it their personal mission to understand your needs and to help you find what you’re looking for—anything from the perfect dress for a special occasion to taking the time to properly tune your skis or bike.
- Local shops carry a variety of unique products that you won’t find anyplace else. Art on 8th, for example, sells beautiful hand-loomed woven goods that provides meaningful work for a community of developmentally disabled individuals. Other items exclusive to the area include local honey, growlers of craft beer and upcycled mittens made from repurposed sweaters.
- When you shop small, you’re supporting the community. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, the dollars you spend here are an investment. It is estimated that for every $100 spent, roughly $68 to $73 returns to the local economy. Money spent in the neighborhood tends to stay there because locally owned businesses purchase items from other business and service providers, as well as pay their employees, who also spend locally.
- Shopping small is good for the environment. Because local businesses tend to make purchases closer to home, less transportation is required. When you buy from a small business, you’re contributing to less air and noise pollution, fewer cars on the road and a reduction in natural habitat loss and resource depletion.
- Buying small also allows you to help those in need. Local business owners provide a tremendous amount of support for non-profits which rely on the generosity of others. Glenwood Springs small businesses contribute to a variety of non-profits, including LiftUp—the local food bank, as well as area school programs, animal shelters, mental health services and many more.
For the best shopping around, you’ll find independent small businesses throughout Glenwood Springs, in Downtown and North Glenwood, Roaring Fork Marketplace, Glenwood Meadows and the Glenwood Springs Mall.
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