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
Hands of Light Massage Therapy
Clients lie sprawled out on comfy beds while polished Vogel-cut quartz crystals hang suspended above their bodies. This sets the scene inside of Hands of Light Massage Therapy, an oasis of holistic healing founded and run by Aimee Elam and Maria Ortega. Both are licensed massage therapists and well versed in numerous healing treatments. There are Swedish, hot-stone, and prenatal massages that benefit both physical and emotional well being. There are also exfoliating body scrubs that slough off dead skin. And then there's the aforementioned crystal bath. The crystals take on different colors—which correspond to the seven chakras. The colors emitted from the crystals are believed to cleanse participants' energy fields, making them feel as balanced and whole as a seesaw in zero gravity.