Going Shopping? Buying Local Changes Communities

Jacob and I

Buying local changes communities. 

One of the rewards of homeschooling my 14-year-old grandson, Jacob, is I can be flexible and do things with him during the day. 

And one of the things I have taught him over the years is that small businesses bring heart to communities. 

Sometimes it is just going to the grocery store or getting the car washed. But more than often it is going to small businesses in our area. (We both love to visit new businesses. You may have read my story on Jenna’s. That story opened the opportunity to write for both a regional and national publication.) 

Where do you eat?

For instance, this past week we visited The Frugal Marketplace in Swanzey. A thrift store, one of its regular offerings is sports memorabilia and collectibles. Add in a large glass case of NASCAR die-cast vehicles and you can see it has some special offerings. And Jacob loves businesses like these.  

Collectibles at The Frugal Marketplace

They also are gracious in their help of our nonprofit, PN4UINC, with sales of merchandise that have been donated to us.  

Our buying local changes communities!

On Friday, we finished school early, and we had some errands to do.  

My wife and I had been looking for a couch for our home. (Only the third piece of furniture we ever bought. We have always been the recipient of incredible gifts and such.) And so, after our few trips to several stores, both used and new, we found the couch we were looking for. We were at Frazier and Son Furniture, in Swanzey and my friend Christie helped us with the purchase. We are excited about the new living room addition. (And so is my back!) 


Later my wife had some errands she needed to do, so I said, “let’s go together” and the 3 of us headed out. I had some additional stops as well.  

One of those was the motorcycle shop that works on my bikes. Full Throttle Powersports in Swanzey. They do great service, have lots of stock and it is a wonderful place to wander about. Jacob is the four-wheeler aficionado in the family and there were a bunch of them. 

I was greeted by employees and one of the owners even though they were busy as the weather gets warmer in New England. I checked in on taking my bike out of storage and making sure everything was done and it was.  

Jacob at Full Throttle
Jacob at Full Throttle

It is not that a small business can do everything better than a large business. (I do find myself in a box store or purchasing online from time to time.) It is the connectivity to the community that stands out to me. Yes, there is the experience, but it is the connection. 

While driving down to The Frugal Marketplace, I was telling Jacob about one of the small businesses I used to visit when I was a child. A hardware store in our community that the owners, it sat at the top of a hill, with a pond, as you drove up the driveway, with overhanging willows and swans in the water. And the most memorable thing was the smell of fertilizers!

Yesterday, I brought my grandson down for his week of schooling. While there, he asked me to bring his bicycle down so he could use it here. His other bike had been stolen and someone gave him a used bike. He was grateful. This bike needed some care. Jacob knew I would be willing to take it up to be looked at over at Andy’s Cycle. (Andy had a shop In Keene from 1957 but a few years ago sold his building and moved his shop into his barn at home.) He does quality work and is always willing to help. 

Andy’s Cycles

He quickly diagnosed it, telling me a young man “needs to be able to get from Point A to Point B.” And the price he offered for parts was less than the internet sales and the service price was great. 

As I went to leave, he took me through a room his daughter has her own handmade jewelry in. The name of her shop is Birch and Stone

This is what happens when you do business with small local businesses. You run into the greatest people.  

Birch and Stone

Take a tip from me. Before you go to your favorite website in search of something, take a minute to find out what is local and how you can boost the economy where you live. 

There are a lot of benefits to buying local, the least of which more money stays in your community. Add in we shop more thoughtfully, and everyone wins. 


Tell others about what we do here at Positive News For You.

For folks on the outside:

  • Let them know through your “likes, shares, comments and invites”.
  • Visit their places of business when you can and let them know you like what they are doing.
  • Spend money with them when you can as a tangible “like”.
  • Invite others to play. (What business(es) do you want to see playing?
  • And for all of us, let’s embrace some of the fun going on.

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