Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms — further strengthening the economic base of the whole community.
(Click here to see summaries of a variety of economic impact studies)

Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!

A special thanks to our Think Local First sponsors


City of Bellingham
Village Books & Paper Dreams


Samuel's Furniture

Bronze Sponsors