10 Reasons to Shop Local

Pleasnton downtownPleasanton is full of interesting local stores, salons, restaurants and attractions that allow small businesses to contribute revenue and keep our economy health. They also create a substantial number of jobs, adding to Pleasanton’s continuing vitality.

In addition, these small business owners, many of whom live in Pleasanton, contribute in countless other ways, helping non-profit and service groups raise money for their efforts and attract visitors from other localities.

Remember, the best way to keep local dollars local is to shop stores that are based in the community, not the national chains with headquarters elsewhere. Check out this important list of the 10 Reasons to Shop Local.

Big Box Retail–Why Are They a Problem?

Blue Line Big Box articleResidents of Boulder, Colorado, were dealing with the influx of Big Box retailers in 2011. This insightful article from former city planner Dom Nozzi talks about why the massive retailers are a bad idea for any community–citing harm to existing retail, increased dependence on cars, the dollar drain from the local economy, and increased traffic.