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Why Shop Locally?

Your choices do make a difference

Locally-owned, independent businesses are the backbone of our local economy and the foundation of Austin’s unique culture. But local business is more than an economic powerhouse. It is the direct response of neighbors to the needs of other neighbors. It is the storefront of our hopes and dreams as individuals and as a community. Entrepreneurs embrace their talents with a passion that feeds both their endeavors and our culture. From the unique shops to the musicians (independent businesses one and all) to the entrepreneurial spirit that exudes the attitude that anything can be done—local business makes it happen every day.

Local, independent businesses give back to our community by collectively being the largest donors to local nonprofits. From hosting community events to embracing a more sustainable environment, these businesses are part of the core of this fabulous place we call Austin.

Your purchasing choices have a huge impact on Austin. Be a part of the movement. Let IndieAustin and AIBA be your guide to think local, be local, buy local. Begin by shifting your thinking, then take action to move your purchases to local first.

3XartKeep your dollars in the Austin local economy
Modest changes in consumer spending habits can generate substantial local economic impact. For every $100 in customer spending at a national chain, the total local economic impact is only $13. The same amount spent with a local merchant yields $45, more than three times the local economic impact.

Ensure that you have more choices
A marketplace of thousands of small businesses helps to ensure more innovation and competition, and lower prices over the long term. Independent businesses, choosing products based on what their local customers need and desire, not a national sales plan, guarantees a more diverse range of product and service choices.

Prevent Austin from becoming Anywhere, USA
Each year brings more national chains displacing locally owned businesses. AIBA aims to reverse the trend of losing locally owned independent businesses by organizing collaborative efforts among members and creating a stronger bond between local businesses and the community.

folder Read the results of local business studies from Austin and across the country.


Shift 10% Locally

Shifting 10% of your shopping from chain stores to locally owned businesses annually, adds

$244 Million
to our local economy creating

new jobs. And supports a sustainable local economy for us all. Become a local shifter and shift 10%, 20% or more of your purchasing to local businesses today!


Love Austin?
Love Your Locals!

Austin Independent Business Alliance is a nonprofit organization of locally owned and operated independent businesses that have joined together to promote the cultural and economic benefits of shopping locally.

AIBA works to ensure the success of Austin's local independent businesses so that we can continue to contribute to Austin's rich character and vibrant quality of life. By preserving what is unique about our city, we can avoid becoming "Anywhere, USA."

Buy local whenever possible. Every time you spend a dollar at local, independent businesses you not only impact the cultural vitality of our community, but you also help build a stronger local economy.

Read the results of local business studies from Austin and around the country.

Latest From Your Locals

  • Growing Hydroponic Vegetables at Brite Ideas

    Brite Ideas Aquaponics, Hydroponics & Organics is hosting a free class showcasing Hydroponic Vegetables and Seedlings with Jason Avent at their south Austin location on Feb 25 at noon. Growing hydroponically can be a great way to get your gardening fix year around and grow transplants that you want instead of just the varieties the nurseries carry. Stop by to discover how the simplicity of hydroponics can make your garden grow- inside and out. Brite Ideas is the most reliable resource for aquaponic, hydroponic, organic, and biological growing systems.

  • 18th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk by Service Dogs

    Calling all dogs and their best friends to the 18th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk on Mar 4 at 10am. Benefiting Service Dogs, Inc., this family freindly mile stroll near Ladybird Lake will offer free samples of premier dog food and treats, free advice from Austin’s top vets and dog trainers plus canine agility, fantastical selfie backdrops and exciting team prizes and raffle items like SXSW full access wristbands, tickets to Alamo Drafthouse, jewelry from Kendra Scott and much more. Service Dogs transforms shelter dogs into lifesavers for Texans living with disabilities free of charge.  Learn more at www.servicedogs.org.

  • Whole Earth Hosts Baniff Film Festival

    Whole Earth Provisions Co. will be hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festivalf, a two night film festival, at the Paramount on Feb 26 and 27. Ignite your passion for adventure, action sports and travel! The Banff Mountain Festival World Tour and Radical Reels present award-winning international short films and documentaries. See both shows: World Tour is on Feb 26 and Radical Reels on Feb 27. Tickets are available at Whole Earth Provision Co.’s Austin stores or online at the Paramount Theatre website. All proceeds benefit Texas State Parks. Details at http://www.wholeearthprovision.com/banff/

  • Maximizing Your Social Security with Austin First Financial

    Austin First Financial is presenting Maximizing Social Security on Feb 16 from 630 to 830pm. Scott Campbell will discuss strategies for Social Security that can dramatically increase your odds of having a successful retirement. When to claim Social Security could be the most important financial decision you make, second only to HOW you claim Social Security. There are 81 different ways to claim benefits for a married couple and utilizing the appropriate strategy could increase a couple's lifetime benefit by over $250,000. This course will review Social Security rules, taxation, definitions and viability.

  • DC Comic Creator Greg Rucka at Dragon's Lair

    DC comic creator Greg Rucka will be at Dragon's Lair from 12 to 5pm on Saturday Mar 11, signing copies of Wonder Woman TP Volume 01 The Lies (Rebirth), which comes out just a couple of weeks before the event. He will also be signing his new book from Image, Old Guard #1 (MR). They will also have other fan favorites on hand such as Batwoman Elegy, Gotham Central, Lazaurs, Black Magick and more! Guests are welcome to bring other items from home to have him sign (within reason). How cool is that?

  • Date Night in the Park at DogBoy Dog Ranch

    Join DogBoy's Dog Ranch on Feb 17 from 430 to 630pm for a date night at the dog park. Bring your sweetheart and/or furry friend and have a ball! If your pups are part of your family, this is will literally be fun for the whole family. Cost is $5 per person and it's BYOB. They look forward to seeing you and your loves there!


  • Upcoming Events at Waterloo Records

    Waterloo Records has some killer shows coming up. Delbert McClinton, presented by Sun Radio, on Feb 16 at 5pm, Go Fever on Feb 23 at 5pm, Curtis McMurtry on Feb 26 at 4pm, Jesca Hoop on Feb 26 at 5pm, and Aaron Watson on Mar 2 at 6pm. See you there!


  • Baby Boomer Retirement Course from Austin First Financial

    Austin First Financial is hosting a Baby Boomer Retirement Course on Feb 28 and Mar 7, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Designed for the newly and soon to be retired, this course will cover topics such as asset risk, retirement income, and estate issues, and more. The curriculum is based on recent academic research and will explore in detail a fundamental shift in retirement planning that is effecting the Baby Boomer Generation and is designed as a comprehensive personal finance course for those who are focused on retirement and income optimization options and strategies.

  • May Immersion Workshop Deal from Freestyle Language Center

    Freestyle Language Center is offering Buy One/Get One Half Off when you register for their May Immersion Workshops (save more than $90)! This offer is valid from Feb 11-15. 1) Register yourself. 2) Forward your confirmation of full payment and include other person's email to info@freestylelanguagecenter.com. 3) Relax and let them work their magic! What a deal!


  • In-Store Performance at End of an Ear

    End of an Ear is excited to welcome Molly Burch for an in-store performace on Feb 17 at 6pm. She will be performing songs from her new LP/CD release entitled "Please Be Mine" which comes out the same day. End of an Ear is also excited about the No Idea Festival on Feb 16 - 19 here in Austin.


  • Poetry Event at Malvern Books

    On Wednesday, Feb 15 at 7pm, Malvern Books is delighted to be hosting a reading from visiting poet Bruce Willard, who will be sharing work from his most recent collection, Violent Blues (Four Way Books). Bruce will be joined by poet Joe Brundidge. Violent Blues is a blues-harp album of words, a soundtrack of loss, introspection and renewal—one man’s search for intimacy and enduring music. Its poems are rooted in the natural world and tethered by concrete experience.

  • Vulcan Video Sublease Available

    Vulcan Video ("Best Video Store in Austin"--The Austin Chronicle) is sub-leasing the westernmost quarter of their building and a private, employees only restroom large enough for additional storage. 1230 square feet sub-lease in the up and coming 78745 zip code that is xlose to End of an Ear, Blazer Tag, Radio Coffee and Central Market. The area is a blank slate so you can make it your own! Space includes a garage door perfect for easy loading or special events. Unlimited parking available. Price is $1.50 per square foot per month plus NNN. Contact Kristen Ellisor at kristen@vulcanvideo.com for more info.

  • BookPeople No Place For Hate Initiative

    BookPeople is proud to be part of the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate initiative. Stop by the store to see their new permanent display in the store and help us spread their message.With titles like "We March", "I Dissent", "28 Days", and "Mr. Lincoln's Way", everyone can find something to educate themselves and open their minds.


  • Biz to Biz: Business Success Center Mentor Zone Program

    Business Success Center is announcing their Mentor Zone program for pre-start and pre-revenue businesses on Feb 17 from 10am to 12pm. They offer free individualized mentoring work session for pre-start and pre-revenue businesses and the opportunity to meet in private with one of the 2-3 person Profit Mover™ business expert teams who are all business owners themselves. After your session, you may be invited back to work with the whole team and to be part of a new video program on business building.Each Profit Mover™ team will be focusing on how to make your unique business more profitable. You are invited to bring your partner or key staff with you. Apply and get deadlines here: http://bit.ly/Mentoringrequestquestionnaire by Feb. 10.

  • Spring Membership Drive at KOOP Radio

    KOOP Radio is celebrating 22 years - celebrate with them during their Spring Membership Drive! Never before has community radio been as important as it is now with the changing political environment. They are expanding their news and public affairs programming and rolling out HD streaming this month, because information is more important than ever. Access to the deepest corners of the world and allow them to provide unique programming and information critical to those who care about social justice as well as the under-served. KOOP is local, community and a cooperative. Now is the time to recognize the role you play by financially supporting KOOP radio, staff and volunteers in making a difference in an uncertain world. The Spring Membership Drive begins on Feb 17, but you can always donate early!