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
Kookaburra Bird Shop
It sounds like a rainforest inside Kookaburra Bird Shop. The cries and chortles of crested cockatoos and blue and gold macaws ricochet off the brick walls. One notable macaw sits on her perch, white cheeks glowing and feathers cascading seamlessly from fire-engine red, to sun yellow, to a deep blue. This is Miranda, the resident bird, who greets visitors as they peruse the shop's wares and peek into the cages of birds for adoption. After squawking hello to Miranda, customers can chat with an avian behaviorist who uses his 30 years of experience to help owners understand their bird's behavior issues such as moodiness, irritability, or incessant repetition.
In addition to attending to the feathered guests, Kookaburra Bird Shop also accommodates cats and dogs with boarding services. Cats are treated to padded resting areas and a room to explore, while dogs frolic on two walks a day or head out on a run accompanied by a distance runner.