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Spend your money where your home is
The fact is that your dollar has over 3½ times the local economic impact when it is
spent with a local merchant, instead of a national retailer! While all that is
incredibly important, we ultimately hope that you choose to shop with us
because well, because you like us. As consumers we have the luxury of
choosing where we spend our money, and isn't it important to spend your time
and money with businesses that you enjoy and value? As with most independent
bookstores, here at Grass Roots we work hard to hand pick the books we stock,
and we strive to curate our selection for our local community. We're constantly
working on improving our systems, our selection, the store space, our events
programming, and our relationships in the community, and we hope that it
shows. We are your neighbors, and we hope, your friends, and we are
passionate about what we do.
By shopping with us, you're doing a lot for your community. Here's what you just did:
1. You kept dollars in our economy
For every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.
2. You embraced what makes us unique
You wouldn't want your house to look like everyone else's in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?
3. You created local jobsLocal businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
4. You helped the environment
Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them.
5. You nurtured community
We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
6. You conserved your tax dollars
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong - right here in your community!
7. You created more choice
We pick the books and gifts we sell based on what we know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for our own individual market.
8. You took advantage of our expertise
You are our friends and neighbors, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We're passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?
9. You invested in entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.
10. You made us a destination
The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!
Thanks for thinking about where you spend your book dollars. We hope to see you soon, in the store or on the web!
We've added this ecommerce website to our offerings to make it even easier for you to shop at Grass Roots. All of the reasons above apply whether you stop in to our store or log on to our website. The advantage of the web is that you can shop any time of the day or night. When you shop local on the web, that means you can stop by the store when it's convenient to pick up your order, rather than having to arrange shipping. Of course, we can also ship anywhere in the country, and we're delighted to extend the Grass Roots experience to anyone, anywhere in the U.S.