Why buy local?

Keep your money where your heart lives, support an economy of friends and neighbors, and build a community that thrives by thinking local first.


The effects of COVID-19 have deeply impacted our community. We are committed to helping you navigate these rapidly changing times and supporting our beloved local, independent businesses as best as we can. We are working with Whatcom County’s Unified Command, as well as partnering with local business support agencies such as the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, Western Washington University Small Business Development Center, Port of Bellingham, and more, to support the economic recovery and food security of our community. Working together, we can weather this storm.

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Small-scale, locally owned businesses create communities that are more prosperous, connected, and generally better-off across a wide range of metrics. When we buy from independent, locally owned businesses, rather than national chains, a significantly greater portion of our money is then cycled back through our local economy — to make purchases from our friends’ businesses, to aid our neighbors in need, and to support our local farms — ultimately strengthening the base of our whole community.