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 by removing the local economy’s dependence on a single industry. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
As a result, patronizing a local business like this is an act of community building. Check out their website to learn more about the local experience you can discover today.
#####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
Putting her degree in interior design to good use, Michelle Carter calls on her knack for curation to fill Carter's Gallery with beautiful, handmade pieces. Merging function and fashion, 95% of the pieces in her shop are practical as well as good-looking, including handmade pottery that's dishwasher-safe, and hand-carved wood bowls that double as helmets. In addition to household items, Carter's also stocks handmade soaps, bath salts, and a host of kitchen implements.
Citrus Park Community
11959 Sheldon Rd
Tampa, Florida 33626