5 Reasons You Should Shop Local this Season

As you begin making your list of folks to shop for this holiday season, you may be wondering where to buy them the perfect gifts. Sure, it's convenient to shop with big corporations, but it's a lot more rewarding to shop local instead. Here are a few reasons to drive past the big box store and head to a local business like ours instead.

1. You'll find unique gifts

Small businesses and artisans are creating things that can't be found anywhere else. Imagine how excited your loved ones will be to get a customized piece of art or a one-of-a-kind item of clothing! Huge corporations just can't compete with the love, attention, and care that small businesses can put into their goods. At Route One, not only are we a local company, but we partner with other local artisans that make soaps, coffee, drink mixers, wall decor, lacrosse tops and more to bring them to our loyal following.

2. You'll have a more convenient experience

No need to stand in long, aggravating lines or wander through huge stores full of stuff you don't need. Local businesses are often more specialized, and you'll be able to find what you're looking for more quickly. And if you can't find something or have an issue...

3. You'll establish a human connection -- and get human help

Instead of waiting forever at the customer service desk or dealing with phone robots who never take you to the right option, you're more likely to get assistance from a human being who's happy to talk to you. What a relief!

4. You'll potentially help a minority-owned business

Many small businesses are owned by racial minorities, immigrants, and women who are looking for their opportunity to make their dream come true. In fact, Route One Apparel is a female-owned business! We've also partnered with many other local small businesses that are owned by minorities who are living the American dream -- and you can be a part of that.

5. You'll put your money where your community is!

You love Maryland (that's why you're shopping with us), so why not invest in it? Small businesses thrive when they get local business, and in turn, they're more likely to support local charities and fundraisers. When your community thrives and has more to offer, everyone wins.



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