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
Creative Points of You
Vickie Pryor's downtown loft, with its crimson walls, splashes of greenery, and modernistic artwork, bespeaks her design expertise. Though she owns and operates interior-design firm Creative Points of You, it might be surprising to learn that this wasn't her first vocation—Vickie worked as an airline executive before attending the Decorator Training Institute. But she wouldn't consider her time in the corporate world as all for naught. Vickie now incorporates her customer-service and business skills into all of her interior-design services.
Vickie continues to keep up with current trends through training and seminars, so when helping to de-clutter a space, picking out a color scheme, selecting decor and furniture, or staging a room, it's with contemporary design methods in mind. For the DIY designer, she offers an online design system that builds new rooms from digital photos, and even holds her own interior-design seminars in clients' homes.