Shopping from local small businesses has so many benefits to your local community! From helping the economy to helping the natural environment, here are a few of the top reasons you should Shop Small this Holiday season:

Improves the local economy  –  When you buy local, significantly more of that money stays in the community. In fact, one Chicago study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the city.

Does less harm to the environment  –  59.3% of local, independent makers say they occasionally or usually use recycled materials, and 7% say they always use these materials.

Keeps your community unique  –  Local businesses give a community its flavor. The combined presence of your town’s many local businesses makes it different from every other city in the world.

Come visit Downtown Fort Myers to get all of your Holiday shopping taken care of, from hostess gifts to his favorite new shirt – you can find it Downtown!