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
TONI&GUY Hair Academy
The hair academies of Toni&Guy employ a learn-by-doing approach, and they give students a chance to do something at the very beginning of their program. On the second day of class, students give a haircut to a mannequin head, and on the third day, they are presented with a mannequin that refuses to give any sort of helpful feedback.
After hundreds of hours training on the mannequins, students move on to real heads, cutting and styling the hair of salon patrons, as well as whipping up their own dyes for highlights and all-over color. The result is students who would be considered multifaceted stylists before they even graduate the prestigious 10-month program.