Why Buy Locally?
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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.

 


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Shift 10% Locally

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

$244 Million
to our local economy creating

2,855
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

  • Original Worm at Westin Expo

    The Original Worm is excited to be an exhibitor at the Westin Fit Expo this Wednesday at the Westin Domain Library. Check out The Original Worm along with other fine fitness and wellness companies on Apr 25 from 6pm-7pm. There will be special deals and giveaways companies such as Athleta, Fit ppl, Peloton and b8ta. This event will be held at 11301 Domain Drive and is open to the public.
     

     
  • Huge Piano Sale at Strait Music

    Every piano at Strait Music is on sale! For this 2 day only sale (Apr 21 and 22) They've slashed prices on new pianos and must get rid of all rental returns, repos, close-outs and loaners.  This includes over 30 pianos and keyboards that were recently on loan to Texas State University and the Austin School of Music! They are all like new and carry full warranties. Plus additional pianos from Yamaha, Steinway, Baldwin, Cable-Nelson, Pearl River, Kawai, Chickering and many more. Take advantage of their 12 month no interest financing and up to 60 month low interest financing. Great deals!

     
  • Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery Show at Link & Pin Art

    Link & Pin Gallery presents work from The Pablove Foundation which teaches children and teens living with cancer to develop their creative voice through photography. This exhibit features the beautiful work of  students while raising awareness of childhood cancer. With our graduates’ photographic vision on display, the community can come together to support the continuation of our photography program in Austin. All proceeds from print sales directly support our Powered by Pablove childhood cancer research grants program. Reception May 24 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm with show running May 25-27.

     
  • Big Wy at Spiderhouse Cafe

    Big Wy's is gracing the stage at Spiderhouse this Saturday Apr 21 at 8pm with some sweet brass that's groovy as FUNK! Big Wy's Brass band will bring you all of the best New Orleans style brass along side of fellow funker Flyjack. Live and full of soul, these two premiere bands will keep the party swinging all night long! All this for a tiny $10 cover (and an 18+ ID). Get some!

     

     
  • Law Day Event at Lawyer Referral Service

    The Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas is having a special LegalLine event that is happening in accordance to The American Bar Association’s Law Day. This year’s Law Day theme is “Separation of Powers, Framework for Freedom” so they will have two immigration attorneys and one Family Law and Estate Planning attorney who will be answering questions over the phone pertaining to issues arising from current administration policy and procedure. This event will take place on May 1 from 5:30-7:30pm and the number to call is 512-472-8303.

     
  • Female Leaders Happy Hour with Tenavox

    Tenavox presents a happy hour to remember - focused on female leaders and entrepreneurs making an impact in their respective industries. Networking and Makers Market featuring female artists begins at 5pm on Apr 24, followed by an amazing women's panel including Lynelle McKay, CEO of Girl Scouts Central Texas, Meghan Womack, founder of MWW Communications, Elizabeth Myers, partner at Thompson and Knight LLP, Tracey Russ, founder of Austin Prosthetic Center and Samantha Snabes, Co-founder of Catalyst. Because women are strong, intelligent, change makers. Tenavox believes that when we gather female leaders and entrepreneurs in the same space, pure magic will happen. Please join as they partner with WeWork and Bunker Labs for an incredible night!
     
  • Record Store Day at End of an Ear

    Saturday Apr 21 is Record Store Day and End of an Ear is ready to celebrate! They will open an hour early on Record Store Day at 10am and have a whole list of the new releases coming out that day. They will have a majority of them, but some titles will be limited or allocated. One item per title per person (basically you can't grab multiple copies of a release). No special orders or holds on Record Store Day titles. Come be the first to get the goods!
     

     
  • Navidad Farms Open House

    For anyone who hasn't been, the Navidad Farms open house is a bi-yearly food tasting event held at their store. They make complimentary dishes out of the great Texas made food products that they sell.  They are easy to prepare, simple entertaining ideas to use with our dip mixes, sauces, salsas and jellies. Come join the fun and taste their products on Apr 14 from 10am to 5pm. So much more than just pecans!

     

     
  • Mohsin Hamid at BookPeople

    The BookPeople booksellers' favorite book of last year, Exit West, is the perfect novel for our times of turmoil. Nadia and Saeed's story is incredibly human and shows us a powerful journey that will leave you incredibly moved. Join BookPeople to hear author Mohsin Hamid speak about it on Apr 11 at 7pm at the new Central Library.

     

     
  • Summer Classes at Freestyle Language Center

    Feel like you need a break? We hear you! Stay committed to your language-learning goals and have a little summer fun with Freestyle Language Center 's summer classes. Practice with pronunciation workshops in each class, get access to the NEW refreshing updates online and build your proficiency, moving onto that next level each session! Registration is open now - get learning!
     

     
  • AustinGive5 and Record Store Day at Waterloo Records

    Waterloo Records is excited that Apr 20 is the 9th annual Austin Give 5% to Mother Earth event day. This city-wide campaign raises money, in honor of Earth Day, for nine environmental nonprofits that work protect Austin's natural treasures, including our parks and open space, creeks and trees and supporting sustainable food. Waterloo Records will be donating 5% of their revenues to Austin Give 5. Plan out your day to Eat, Drink, Shop and Play at as many of the participating Austin-area businesses as you can. Don't forget that Apr 21 is RECORD STORE DAY - a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Get you some vinyl!

     
  • Chez Zee Author-Speaker Series

    Chez Zee's author-speaker series, featuring celebrated authors and speakers, is co-hosted by Cari Clark, avid reader, and Sharon Watkins, book and library cheerleader at The Gallery at Chez Zee American Bistro. The event admission includes appetizers, dessert bites, tea, coffee, and cash bar. You're welcome to make dinner reservations at Chez Zee before or after the event. The event on Apr 10 from 6pm to 8pm will feature Victoria Price, Austin of The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self.
     

     
  • Easter Pies at Tiny Pies

    Conjuring up creative products is one of the things that Tiny Pies does best! Their carrots may be purple, but their Easter products may be some of the most precious pies you've ever seen. While some prefer the hunt, we prefer the brunch!  These pies are the perfect addition for that late morning meal.  Peek their Easter menu to find something for each of your hungry bunnies! Order Easter by Mar 28 to reserve your brunch and basket goodies.
     

     
  • Spring Menu at Bistro Vonish

    Another SXSW has come and gone and while the city gets back to "normal" after spring break, Bistro Vonish is welcoming the arrival of Spring with upcoming menu updates. If you have been waiting to try the Sweet Potato Pizza, or Grilled Turnip, wait no more! They'll soon be replaced with warmer weather dishes still in R&D.  In the meantime, get some tastes of the season as we keep up with our comforting classic menu items, as well as the Grilled Carrot Salad and Southern-Fried Oyster Mushrooms making regular appearances on the specials menu. Open Tues to Sun every week!
     

     
  • Cleanse Season at Peoples RX

    Spring is the perfect time to hit the restart button and gently cleanse and detoxify. Cleansing can be intimidating if you have never done it before. If you are looking to sleep better, have more energy, clearer skin and less digestive issues, then you could benefit from a cleanse. People's RX can help with juices, tips and recommendations you will feel confident embarking on a cleanse this spring.