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
Meineke Car Care Center
When Sam Meineke set up shop in Houston in 1972, he focused on a single part of the car—the muffler. But over time, as his prototype picked up steam and raced across the country, he added more and more parts to the auto show. Today, his name graces more than 900 car-care centers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, not to mention the ones in China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the Caribbean, and the Challenger Deep. Each outpost offers a lengthy list of maintenance and repair services and ASE-certified mechanics to make them happen. Besides keeping cars running smoothly and safely on all four of their hairless legs, the Meineke team supports Children's Miracle Network Hospitals by hosting the annual Tournament for Champions.