Posted in August 2012

Who Says “Local” Is on Its Way Out?

Number of new independent bookstores that have opened since 2005: 437 Increase since 2002 in the number of small specialty food stores: 1,414 Increase since 2002 in the number of small farms: 111,839 Number of farmers markets active in 2010: 6,132 Percentage of active farmers markets started since 2000: 53 Average percentage of shoppers at … Continue reading

IN LOCAL VS. BIG BOX, LOCAL IS THE OBVIOUS WINNER!

Photo of Solano Avenue, facing east from San Pablo in Albany, CA. In a recent study* which compared ten locally owned restaurants, retail stores, and service providers to chains offering the same, the research found that spending $100 at one of the neighborhood’s independent businesses created $68 in additional local economic activity, while spending $100 at a … Continue reading