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
Shannon Youngblood Photography
Photographer Shannon Youngblood has two specialties. The first is capturing the happiness and tranquility in the faces of children, families, and newlyweds, often using natural lighting and rustic backdrop. Her second specialty is creating alphabet photography. Camera in hand, she ventures into natural and urban environments, finding scenes and objects that resemble letters: the branches of a tree might make a V; a wrought-iron fence might form the curves of a G. Those images then combine to spell words, paying tribute to anything from a family name to a person's favorite condiment.