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
Arte Bella Painting
There's no party quite like a painting party, but Arte Bella Painting is always searching for new ways to turn up the fun. For starters, the instructors switch up the venue and featured artwork for each session. Their art-class-on-wheels travels around town, stopping off nightly at bars and restaurants for painting parties that provide participants with everything—supplies, instructions, ruffled collar—they need to create their very own masterpiece. Groups are coached through each piece step by step, and all are encouraged to sip on drinks and snack on food throughout the class.