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
Painting and Fun
If there's a sunset in wine country or an early spring tree blooming in the reflection of a pond, Ebrahim Amin may be poised nearby with paintbrush in hand, capturing the scene on his canvas. The veteran artist's expansive resume boasts a wealth of nature-filled artwork that depicts the rolling hills of Northern California, the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon, and the beginnings of fall slowly washing over a vineyard. He is also equally masterful in his interpretations of still life and Impressionist-esque portraiture, all skills he instills in his students at Painting and Fun. Here, the award-winning artist and frequent art-show exhibitor teaches students how to translate what they see onto canvas, whether it's the light glinting off the ocean or an apple posing without its clothing.