Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
Strengthening the community begins by supporting and visiting local businesses like this one. To learn more about this business, check out their website or simply stop by, say hello, and discover—or rediscover—all that this business has to offer.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
A. J. Heil Photography
Great portraits are about the emotions, moments, and people they portray. That's why the professionals at A. J. Heil Photography give theirs a natural, classic look that doesn't detract with over-editing and retouching. Their images take advantage of soft lighting that gives pictures a nostalgic feeling appropriate to portraits of couples, families, and children. To imbue those portraits with breathtaking backgrounds, they work with natural light in the great outdoors, using clients' homes and the greenery of local parks to craft personalized pictures.