Why small and local?
1) Support yourself!
Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. (Click here to see summaries of a variety of economic impact studies; these include case studies showing that locally-owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the community and our tax base.)
Boline not only makes its own line, but carries many unique items from other local artisans and we get herbs from local farms!
2) Support Community Groups
Non-profit organizations receive on average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
Expressed a percentage of gross sales, Boline gives more to causes (like protecting water, environmental justice, local education and schools, refugee and immigrant aid, and community art) than any of our competitors- and that includes big chains like Whole Paycheck, Fortunate's, and the like.
3) Keep our Community Unique
Where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Who wants to live in a neighborhood that looks like every other, with strip malls and the same national chains as everywhere else? Not me!
4) Reduce Environmental Impact
Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation, and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.
We also recycle, reuse, buy as many of our herbs locally as possible, and use sustainable packaging.
5) Create more good jobs
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents. We pay a living wage. I bet we pay better than our competitors, that charge you as much as we do!
6) Get Better Service
Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
Our employees take our classes for free and are dedicated to helping you (and learning as much as they can about herbalism and holistic health).
7) Invest In Community
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future. Lily, the owner lives in Clintonville and works here. Our employees live in Old North and Clintonville.
8) Put Your Taxes To Good Use
Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally- owned stores entering the community. No tax abatements needed!
9) Buy What You Want, Not What Someone Wants You To Buy
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices. You can get items at Boline you cannot get anywhere else in Columbus!
10) Encourage Local Prosperity
A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.