When you choose to shop local, you are ultimately starting a ripple effect. It begins with your own experience and the benefits you reap from shopping locally, like owning something truly unique or getting a personal “thank you” from the shop owner. After that, the ripple keeps going.
By shopping local, you are connecting with your community, strengthening your local economy, putting your taxes to good use, creating jobs and so much more! Plus, when you shop local, you know who your money is going to. When you shop at big corporations, you have no idea who is reaping the benefits of your hard-earned cash.
Did you know…
- By shopping local, you’re 3 times more likely to discover something entirely new to you, whether it’s a product or service.
- People who live in places that have more local businesses tend to have stronger social ties and participate in more civic affairs.
- Independent retailers create twice as many jobs as big corporations.
- Smaller businesses have less income inequality.
Here are some of our favorite local shops around Madison:
Booth 121 is an up-cycled and handmade specialty store that offers one of a kind painted furniture, home décor, clothing, jewelry and gifts. They are located right in the heart of Monona.
Art Gecko is a bohemian locally owned and operated shop that sources home décor and clothing items locally and internationally. They have two locations in Madison, one on State Street and one on Monroe St.
Located on Willy St, Madison Greenhouse Store carries high quality soils, seeds, and gardening equipment to help the urban grower. They also carry classic house plants as well as exotic and rare items, including a large selection of air plants and succulents.
Little Luxuries is a specialty gift and accessory store located on State Street since 1990. Their mission is to provide customers with a fun, satisfying and aesthetic shopping experience.
Voted Madison’s Favorite pet store for over a decade by Isthmus readers, MadCat is Madison’s most trusted source for food and advice regarding cat and dog nutrition and behavior. They have 3 locations in Madison.