What's the big deal with the "go local" push? There are many benefits but the top three for me is:
#1) Getting to know the workers and owners
#2) Supporting the "little guy". Someone is trying to live out their dreams and fighting the big marketing dollars of chain stores.
#3) $ Selfishness - let's keep tax payer dollars here instead of out of state, overseas. Keep my taxes down.
Keep and create jobs in your community.
Also there is an abundance of local coupons for these businesses - gotta save $.
#4) Slave trade items, health hazards, environmental concerns are much lower with local businesses who forge alliances with the community and neighbors.