Shopping Local

Small Business leaders talk about the importance of shopping local.

Great Lakes Bay Magazine asked regional small-business owners and leaders why they felt it was important to shop and support local businesses during the holidays.

Kevin Peil

Founder and President, Tri City Brewing Co.

Community and family are very important to us. We love visiting local breweries and supporting our extended family. Shopping at a local brewery not only invests in the community but you also get a product that is unique and exclusive to the area. Please visit our taproom and you will find a lot of our beers are named after important historical events and local points of interests. This holiday, shop local, visit a bit and enjoy.

Samantha McKenzie

President and CEO, Hidden Harvest

From my perspective as a nonprofit leader in the Great Lakes Bay Region, local businesses always come through for our community whenever there is a need. Gift certificates to local restaurants — many of which are food donors to Hidden Harvest — are always a treat to receive. And giving the gift of a donation to a local nonprofit in honor of your loved one is a way to recognize you know what they truly care about

Rachel Trumble

Director, SVRC Marketplace

Spending your money with small businesses helps to stimulate the local economy and keep business booming within our local region. Spending your money at a local business shows that you appreciate its commitment to community and the services that it provides. Every purchase made from these businesses helps the owner provide wages for their workers, keeps the lights on and supports their own families. Our Great Lakes Bay Region is full of many entrepreneurs, and I am thankful to be a part of keeping them thriving.


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