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
Crystal's Photography Studio
Photo-shoot participants typically need to focus on striking poses and holding smiles, but Crystal Jenkins asks her subjects to perform a much simpler task: drink tea. During tea-party sessions at Crystal's Photography Studio, guests enjoy complimentary beverages, as well as each other's company, while Crystal unobtrusively snaps candid shots. The events can even take on an Alice in Wonderland theme, where participants don their best Mad Hatter, Dormouse, and March Hare costumes. Though Crystal applies this candid approach elsewhere, such as wedding ceremonies, she encourages posing when working with her other clients, including kids, families, and models.