Kindness Week Day 5: Be Small Business-Minded

Today’s Kindness Prompt: Support a Small Business.

It’s no secret that “big box” stores have pretty much pushed smaller stores out of business, but that doesn’t mean they all have to end that way. Some prefer the larger stores and chains because of convenience, lower prices, and product availability. However, in my experience, small businesses generally offer a far better consumer experience. They are personable and are able to tailor their offerings to my needs. They offer quality products and services and excellent customer relations. Sometimes, things cost a little more, but that’s made up for in so many other ways.

So–whether it’s a mom and pop store that has managed to survive the Walmart takeover, the local hardware store or farmer’s market, an Etsy shop or the neighborhood artisan, the friend who’s self-published a book or the cousin who recently opened a restaurant, the independent musician selling CDs in a strip mall parking lot or the 13-year-old pushing a lawnmower to fund a trip to Disney World–be kind to a small business.

Not convinced? Check out this 2016 Forbes article featuring 43 Reasons to Support Small and Independent Businesses.

Note about today’s image: The image above was produced from original art by Paul Nzalamba. Working in the medium of batik, Paul creates images drawn from Uganda, his native country. His images reflect the strength, struggle, and beauty of all people. If you’re interested in seeing more of his work and/or purchasing cards, prints, or lithographs, be sure to visit his site : Nzalamba Artworks. It would be so kind of you to do so.

If you’re just joining Kindness Week, please be sure to check out the previous post:

Mpaka wakati ujao…

7 thoughts on “Kindness Week Day 5: Be Small Business-Minded

  1. mimionlife says:

    I enjoy visiting small independently owned book stores. Often, quiet is found and the chance to meet the owners. Helping them grow their business is a blessing to me and to them.

  2. JEN Garrett says:

    I’ve found that “big box stores” often cut corners in quality, customer service, and value. I’m always so sad when my favorite small business can no longer compete and I see closed doors. I have to resort to the retail chains, then, to get what I need – knowing I’m feeding into the problem.

    • Chandra Lynn says:

      I agree completely! I do not like shopping at a certain store that ousted many local and regional grocery stores. The experience is horrible–from products to service. I only go there when I need to. Most people shop there because they think the prices are better. I don’t think so. I spend far less at the regional market that has excellent customer service and great BOGOs and coupons.

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