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
Programs After School
Programs After School takes an artistic approach to science, technology, engineering, and math. To get to the moon, they argue, a scientist must first draw the path, imagine the vehicle, and design the components. All the better if those steps can be accomplished without wasting precious or rare manufacturing materials. They only way to accomplish such a feat is through visual art.
The teachers uses blend of Montessori and Waldorf methods, pitching simple, fun activities to students to get them engaged. They report that most of the learning in their classrooms almost feels like an accident on the student's part, since they're just engaged in making art and having fun. Through the fun, they engage with topics such as space exploration, the natural world, and the techniques of painting masters of yore.