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
Paint & Kimvas
As you might conclude from the slightly misspelled name, Paint & Kimvas likes to do things a little differently. The company's instructors—all seasoned painters—design classes that are more fun than pedantic, allowing their students' creativity to run roughshod over the canvas. Different paintings and styles are featured in each class, making it worthwhile to come back for seconds. It doesn't hurt that classes are held at popular local bars and restaurants, where students are encouraged to snack, drink, and paint a portrait of their favorite bartender.