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. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
Strengthening the community begins by supporting and visiting local businesses like this one. To learn more about this business, check out their website or simply stop by, say hello, and discover—or rediscover—all that this business has to offer.
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
It took some time for Michelle Arce-Railey to adjust to the slower pace of life in Denver. Having graduated from the Swedish Institute and worked at luxury spas in the St. Regis Hotel and Four Seasons in New York City, she was used to dealing with tense Manhattanites. All of this prepared her—and then some—for her job as the licensed massage therapist at AVIV Wellness, where today she soothes anxieties with integrated Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. Joining her at AVIV is licensed aesthetician Christine Newheart, who also worked at the St. Regis and whose holistic facials thoroughly cleanse skin with NYR Organic products.