Supporting Skagit County's Local Businesses: A Celebration of Community and Commerce

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5 Dec 2023


In the heart of Skagit County, the essence of community thrives through its local businesses, each representing a unique story and passion. As we delve into the spirit of 'Shop Local' and celebrate the national movement of supporting neighborhood enterprises, it's essential to understand the significance behind this initiative and the remarkable benefits it offers to our region.

Why Shop Local? The Impact of Shopping Local 

Embracing local businesses isn't merely a transaction; it's an investment in the community's growth, resilience, and identity. When you choose to shop locally, you contribute directly to the economic vitality of Skagit County. Every purchase made at a neighborhood store or from a small business owner translates into tangible support for local jobs, fosters entrepreneurship, and bolsters the local economy.

The impact of supporting these enterprises is far-reaching. It enables these businesses to flourish, empowering them to hire local talent, sponsor community events, and maintain the distinct charm that makes Skagit County an exceptional place to live and visit. Moreover, local businesses often source their products and services within the community, creating a ripple effect of economic growth and sustainability.

Benefits of Shopping Local: What Can You Do?

Apart from the economic advantages, shopping locally also offers an enriching experience. The personalized service, unique offerings, and authentic connections forged between business owners and patrons create a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

As residents of this vibrant county, each of us holds the power to make a difference. By prioritizing local businesses for our shopping needs, spreading the word about their offerings, and participating in events designed to showcase their talents, we actively contribute to their success.

Celebrating Skagit's Business Community

Recently, Skagit County has witnessed an array of events that highlight the creativity and craftsmanship of its local entrepreneurs. The "Creative Avenue Holiday Market at the Depot" in Anacortes epitomized the season's spirit. Hosting over 30 small businesses, this curated market offered a delightful array of art, photography, and handcrafted items, providing a fantastic opportunity for holiday shopping while supporting local artisans.

Moreover, the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce and the Mount Vernon Downtown Association are currently immersed in the 2023 Holiday Shop Local campaign. Running from Nov. 24 through Jan 31, 2024, this initiative offers many marketing opportunities for small businesses. From advertisements in the Skagit Valley Herald to online and social media promotions, consumer incentive programs, and a grand prize drawing, this campaign amplifies the visibility of participating businesses.

The Power of Collaboration

The consumer incentive punch card program introduced during this campaign is a stellar example of collaborative community support. Customers receive a punch for every $5 spent at participating businesses, which can then be used to enter weekly and grand prize drawings, fostering a sense of excitement and engagement within the community.

Additionally, partnering businesses are prominently featured on promotional materials, from punch card posters to advertisements, amplifying their reach and recognition among local consumers.

Another collaboration this holiday season meant to bolster local retailers was the “Last-Second Marketing on a Shoestring” webinar presented in concert by EDASC, RAIN Catalysts, and the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce. This presentation from a seasoned business consultant gave actionable tips to maximize the impact of additional customers drawn to community centers and shopping districts for holiday events.

Moving Forward Together

In essence, the success of Skagit County's business landscape rests upon the synergy between its residents and local enterprises. By prioritizing shopping locally, participating in events, and embracing the diverse offerings of our neighborhood businesses, we pave the way for a thriving, interconnected community.

As we celebrate the spirit of “Shop Local” during designated months and as a year-round commitment, we weave a vibrant tapestry of economic resilience and communal strength, ensuring a flourishing future for Skagit County's small businesses and our collective community.


Photo credit: Mount Vernon Downtown Association