Top 10 Reasons to Shop Local

Top 10 Reasons to Shop Local

You always hear – “Shop Local”, but beyond to support your local businesses, I never really understood  all the great reasons for doing so.  But Tad Hargrave explains in his blog at, why doing so is so beneficial to all the community.  He shares:

“Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It Means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers.
It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependant on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.”
  – Michael H. Shuman, author of the book Going Local.

1. Local Economic Stimulus. When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.

2. Non Profits Receive Greater Support. Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.

3. Unique Businesses Create Character & Prosperity. The unique character of your local community is defined in large part by the business that reside there, and that plays a big factor in your overall satisfaction with where you live and the value of you home and property.

4. Environmental Impact Is Reduced. Small local business usually set up shop in the town/village center, providing a centralized variety that is much friendlier to a community’s walk score than out of town shopping malls. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

5. Most New Jobs Are Provided By Local Businesses. Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally. Plus the more jobs you have in your local community the less people are going to have to commute which means more time and less traffic and pollution.

6. Customer Service Is Better. Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service. You are also going to see these people around town and they are less likely to blow you off or be rude becauses they have to face you day after day.

7. Local Business Owners Invest In Community. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s welfare and future.

8. Public Benefits Far Outweigh Public Costs. Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure and more efficiently utilize public services relative to chain stores.

9. Competition And Diversity Leads To More Consumer Choices. A marketplace of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

10. You Matter More. We talk a lot about exerting influence with your purchasing choices, or “voting with your wallet.” It’s a fact that businesses respond to their customers but your values and desires are much more influential to your local community business than the large big box stores.



The Making of an Art Show

What does it take to put on an art show you ask?  The Blind Bay Painters have hosted their annual art show every year for about 50 years now and while many groups struggle to find volunteers to put on events and activities, there is no shortage of artist volunteers to assist in the making of the Blind Bay Painters Art Show and Sale.   The 30+ artists work throughout the year finessing their art getting paintings ready for the once a year event.  But putting on an art show requires different skills; it requires leadership, organization, work ethic, and teamwork.    We are thankful to the great leadership we have had over the years,  for leading the group in sometimes difficult situations such as the prior year flooding in the hall.  While this may have stopped some groups, we all strongly advocated that “the show must go on” and we were right!  It was one of the best years for visitors and sales, we have had.   While last year it was simplified to the upper level of the hall to workaround this problem, this year we have a renovated gallery and both levels to enjoy for our now 3 day show!

A month or two before the art show begins, all the planning occurs.  Decisions are made at meetings with all members about show content, times, payment processes, advertising, group projects, themes, prizes to be awarded, etc.  Instructions and procedures are fine tuned, posters are made and distributed, and on the day prior to the art show, there is excitement in the air as paintings are brought in and registered, art is hung, flowers are arranged, food is refrigerated, and the artists are all doing their pre-volunteered jobs to prepare!

During the show, artists take shifts greeting guests, and assisting visitors, managing sales, and helping in the kitchen offering beverages/snacks. Voting slips are handed out to determine which painting will become this year’s people’s choice award.  Door prizes are shown and draws are made on the final day to determine winners.

At the end of the show, all the artists come together again, to collect their unsold artwork, help out with cleaning the hall and to give our final hugs of the summer, to our friends that we hope to see again in September.   It’s a day of pride, for an event that we have all come to love, and we all know could not be done without everyones help and participation.

So what does it take to put on an art show, you ask?  For us, it takes a willingness to step up and do what needs to be done, even if it’s outside our comfort zone.  It’s knowing that an art show doesn’t just happen, it takes lots of work and cooperation.  And it’s an appreciation to everyone for all their efforts, so that we all can benefit from a community event that brings people together!




Blind Bay Painters’ Annual Art Show and Sale


The Blind Bay Painters are hosting their annual art show and sale during the Canada Day weekend! The artwork varies in size, medium, and styles, so there is something for everyone.  The Reedman Gallery, within the Blind Bay Hall, will house original artwork not seen before!  There are handmade boutique items from the artists, as well as jewelry, scarves, prints, cards; and free goodies with beverages to enjoy as you explore the eclectic variety of artwork.  And our popular group project this year is called “Development of the Shuswap”.  Come see what that’s all about!  There will be door prizes and we’d love to hear your voice by placing a vote on your favourite piece of artwork!

The Blind Bay Memorial Hall is just a nice stroll from the Centennial field and is air-conditioned, great opportunity to take a break from the hustle and relax in the cool surroundings filled with beautiful art.    Pop on down to the Blind Bay Memorial hall and if you have visitors during the Canada Day celebrations, encourage them to explore all the arts that Blind Bay and Shuswap area has to offer!