Support Our Local Businesses!

Every year Parma actively supports Shop Small. Shop Small Saturday this year is November 28th. The City of Parma does this because they know how important these small businesses are to our community. One study found that for every $100 spent at a local small business, $68 of it stayed in the local economy. Whereas that same $100 spent at a large business, only $43 stayed local. 

One of the most unique things about Parma is the volume of small businesses in our community. These small businesses bring not only local residents, but people from all over into our community. These small businesses pay local taxes. They spend their profits in our community. They support our local sports teams and our local nonprofits. Our local unique small businesses are often the reason people purchase homes here. 

Due to our health crisis these small businesses are suffering. They are the back bone of our community and they need our support. After this crisis is over, many small business owners may not survive, and you will miss them.  Please remember to support local take-out. Please remember to support our local bakeries, our local butcher shops, our ethnic grocery stores and deli’s. Often they have that item that is out of stock at your big box store. By shopping all our local small business you are supporting your community too. 

Now more than ever it is imperative that we shop local now, not just on Shop Small Saturday.

Kathryn Mabin

Board Secretary of Parma Area Fine Arts Council, Inc, or PAFAC, and Artist/Jewlery Designer, Owner Aire of Oppulence.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 2:46 PM, 04.01.2020