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
A Chat with Whispering Pines Martial Arts
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We have No Contracts, our classes are hands on and small, we’re able to devote more time to our students.
What’s one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
When you come to class, we don’t rush you through a technique, we make sure you understand what and why we do a technique.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
After 40 years, I felt the need to share my art. Also as a student, I’m still learning myself.
What do you love most about your job?
I love teaching and interacting with my students.