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Remember to Shop Local this summer!

It is important for Park Ridge residents to remember the significant importance of shopping locally.    Why should you shop at a locally owned business first?  If you answered because of the 2015 Summer Savings Pass, you are correct!   But according to Sustainable Connections, there 10 more very important reasons to shop locally:


  1. Support yourself: Studies show that locally-owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the community and its tax base.
  2. Support community groups: Many of our businesses regardless of their size have supported organizations within our City.  Let’s support them too!
  3. Keep our community unique: Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Park Ridge.
  4. Smart choice: Shopping locally reduces pollution, saves you time, and saves you money.
  5. Create more good jobs: Local small businesses employ the most people nationwide.
  6. Better service: Local businesses take more time to get to know their customers.  Personal service is always a plus!
  7. Invest in your community:  By shopping locally, tax money stays within the community.
  8. Put your taxes to good use: Smaller businesses require much less infrastructure investment, making more efficient use of public services, as compared to larger, nationally owned stores.
  9. Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: Small businesses select products based on their own interests and the needs of their local customers which results in a broader range of product choices.
  10. Encourage local prosperity: Entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.


And for the 11th and final reason, be sure to check out the savings offered by many Park Ridge merchants when you use the Park Ridge Summer Savings Pass.  According to Gina O’Donnell of Two Sisters boutique, “Over 30 businesses have agreed to participate.  Passes can be downloaded at  on your mobile phone device or picked up at 2 Sisters, Uptown Girlz, TeaLula and Raffia.  Passes will also be distributed at the farmers market.  Visit any participating merchant to get the special discounts and offers.”


Passes can be used repeatedly.  All you need to do is show your pass to save. Shop Park Ridge!

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