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
Gymnastics World Northwest
If you've seen Olympic gymnasts Kurt Thomas and Kerri Strug perform, then you've seen the work of Don Gutzler. A longtime professional gymnastics coach, Gutzler co-owns Gymnastics World Northwest, where he and fellow co-owner Yoichi Tomita, also an Olympic coach, instill gymnastics skills and techniques in their students. To that end, they offer summer camps, which teach balance, kicks, and tumbling moves alongside games and free play, and competitive teams, which help build endurance and teamwork skills.