Thursday, August 16, 2012

Support Local. We Do.

As many of you know, we have recently rolled out our "Support Local" campaign! As a part of this campaign, we have introduced new, locally made t-shirts, buttons and canvas bags, a new logo designed by local artist and employee Ngoc Le, new commercials and new print ads featuring employees and the owners! At HHM we have been locally owned and operated since 1979. We began as a bulk supply store called the Home Economist and over the years have evolved and expanded with our customer base. Changing our name to Healthy Home Market was a decision we made because we felt it to be more representative of our present incarnation, but we are still the same family owned business and we are proud to now offer five locations in the Charlotte area to serve you! At HHM we proudly support other local business, farmers and practitioners as much as possible, as well as local schools, charities and initiatives, including Parker Autism Foundation, A Child's Place, Promising Pages, Speak Up, U.C.A.R.E., Commonwealth Animal Hospital, Sow Much Good, Refuge House of God, R.O.C.K. Raising Our Celiac Kids, Ms. Cynthia's Summer Camp, Holistic Nail Care Services, Chantilly Montessori, Charlotte Dietetic Association and Flashes of Hope, Charlotte Chapter, among others. In the coming weeks, we will begin introducing you to the many locally owned businesses, farmers and practitioners that we partner with and their products/services. We hope that you will embrace the "Support Local" spirit as much as we do! Here are some quick facts and benefits of buying local:

- A 10% shift in market share from chains to locals could result in: Nearly $140 million in new economic activity, over 1600 new jobs, and providing over $50 million in new wages.
- For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $73 remains in the local economy, and $27 leaves. - For every $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, $43 remains in the local economy, and $57 leaves.
- When you shop locally owned businesses, your money is recirculated over and over and creates up to 75% more tax revenue to your community and state.
- For every two jobs national retailers bring to a community, three jobs are lost as a result of local businesses closing down.
- Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes.
- A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
- By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain a community's diversity and distinctive flavor.

Check out our newest "Support Local" commercial!