July Is Independents Month
Fill out an Indie appreciation card and tell us what local business makes living here fun, your favorite reason to support local businesses or both! Share your local pride!
Stick your Indie appreciation card in the mailbox or collection container.
Watch for your Indie appreciation card to be displayed at a storefront in our community!
We’ll hide your info before we display your Indie Appreciation card in a window!
Enter to win one of our 4 weekly prize packs! Fill out your name and contact info at the bottom of your Indie Appreciation card.
Check back soon for full prize pack details!
Find An Indie Appreciation Station
Bellingham Farmers Market – Wednesdays & Saturdays
Downtown Sounds – July 18th
Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk – July 27th
Or Show Your Indie Appreciation Online Here!
1. A thriving local economy
Local retailers hire local people and source more goods locally. They invest up to 3x more into our local community and hire more people per dollar of revenue. Independent businesses also help give our community it’s distinct personality. One of a kind businesses mean one of a kind community. When you shop local, you help keep our character alive.
2. You Benefit From Local Expertise
Local businesses select products based on the needs of local customers, not on a national sales plan. At a local store, you’re 3x more likely to discover something new.
2. Invest in our future
Starting a small business has long been a pathway to the middle class. By supporting local entrepreneurs, you invest in a future that works for all of us. Places with more small businesses have less income inequality.
4. Gain Better Public Services
More local businesses mean a stronger tax base. This means better public services like schools, transportation, and emergency responders. Local businesses also donate 2x more per sales dollar to local events, teams, and charities!
5. Reduce Impacts On Our Environment
Locally owned businesses make more local purchases requiring less transportation, and set up shop in town or city centers which means less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution. And many more here…
Look for Window Decals
Not sure how to tell a locally owned business apart from the rest? Look for these window decals in storefronts to let you know, or ask about the shops story or owners.
Online Local Business Directory
Find just what you’re looking for.
Peruse locally owned businesses by categories like Recreation, Beer Wine & Spirits, and Florists & Nurseries.