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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

  • BiztoBiz: BOSS Talks from Business Success Center

    The Business Success Center is hosting BOSS-Talks where inspiring entrepreneurs focus on sharing stories that you can use to organize your business for greater efficiency and profitability on Mar 27 from 12-1pm. This session features Chad Jewell, CEO of Austin Office Space who knows how to balance family, work, and community. Chad is also a proud family man, successfully balancing work and family and community involvement. From time to time, he even gets to work on his book. Hear his journey, thoughts on entrepreneurship, and be inspired.

  • Lilly Singh at BookPeople

    BookPeople is excited to welcome author Lilly Singh on Apr 3 at 7pm signing her new book "How To Be A Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life." Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman on YouTube) shares informative and inspiring essays on how to be a bawse, a.k.a a person who exudes confidence, turns heads, reaches goals, finds inner strength, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side. In Lilly Singh’s world, there are no escalators. Only stairs.

  • Open House at Navidad Farms

    Navidad Farms is hosting a spring open house - the first food tasting in their new country home! Stop by Apr 8 from 10am to 6pm for a garden food tasting event where all dishes are all made out of great Texas products. Appetizers, salads & dressings, desserts, peach tea and southern pecan coffee. They will even print the recipes out for you while you nose around the shop. (Mother's day is just around the corner - hint hint!). The event is complimentary but please bring a non-perishable food donation to benefit St. Vincent De Paul's food pantry at St. Martin De Porres Church, Dripping Springs.

  • Willie For Everyone at Austin Scottish Rite Theater

    Willie is for Everyone! Austin Scottish Rite Theater is proud to present this kid firendly Willie Nelson tribute on Mar 17 from 10am to 2pm. What's he next best thing to spending the day with Willie? Listening to his songs! Come on out for a kid-friendly musical tribute Austin’s most famous singer/songwriter performed by a mini-festival of our favorite kids’ music artists. Treat your family to live music, food, and lots of activities – including a professional hair-braiding station to honor Willie’s unique style. So grab your red bandana, and join Austin Scottish Rite Theater, LiveMom.com, KUTX’S Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, Texas Dad Blog, AustinFamily, and Springfree Trampoline for a full lineup of some of Austin’s best musicians.

  • in.sessions Live at in.gredients

    in.gredients will be hosting our 6th annual in.sessions live music showcase on Mar 17, 18 and 19. The three days of musical performances are free and open to the public. The Mar 17 lineup includes Elizabeth Devlin from Queens and a hip hop showcase from 4-8pm featuring local artists Clifton Dukes and Nicholas Azlon, as well as Allen Poe and James Lindsey from Kentucky. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Shannon Brewing Company will conduct a tap takeover with their fire-brewed Irish-Texan ales and complimentary glassware while supplies last.

  • Wicking Field Class at Brite Ideas

    Brite Ideas Aquaponics, Hydroponics & Organics is excited to offer their next class, Wicking Beds, Layering and Worms, at their South Austin location on Mar 18 at noon. Passive systems are sometimes the right way to go in areas with limited power. Wicking beds can have fantastic yields require less maintenance and reduced watering versus in-ground gardening. Learn how the right configuration, layering and worm care can develop a sophisticated system that thrives with little effort. So cool!

  • BiztoBiz: Business Success Center Mentor Zone Program

    The Business Success Center Mentor Zone: Revenue Growth for Tech Businesses offers free individualized mentoring work session for light manufacturing and tech businesses. You will 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. No pre-starts or pre-sales businesses since each 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. Mar 17 from 10am-12pm.

  • Trunk Show at Mona Lisa's Closet

    Mona Lisa's Closet is hosting a trunk show with Austin artist Ellen Hunt for AustinByAustin on Mar 11 from 11 to 4. Ellen Hunt's designs are unique and reflect a deep interest in materials, nature, and the creative process. Sip, snack and meet the artist with refreshements and take some a little something unexpected with a door prize!


  • Live Music at End of an Ear

    End of an Ear has music in all of its glorious recorded forms. Sometimes they even have it live! Check out their upcoming shows Durand Jones & The Indications Mar 15 at 2pm, Knife in the Water Apr 2 at 2pm, and Julia Lucille Apr 9 at 4pm. Boogie boogie boogie!


  • Informative Classes at People's RX

    People's RX is so much more than a friendly neighborhood pharmacy. They host a timely, cutting-edge health focused radio show on Saturdays KJCE 1370 AM from 9-10am and regularly host a series of classes at their north and south locations. Need to jump start your spring? This March, reboot and reenergize with their invigorating 3-Day Seasonal Cleanse. With this cleanse, healthy organ function is supported through a combination of herbal teas, nutrient-dense cold-pressed, organic juices and fresh smoothies.

    With this cleanse, healthy organ function is supported through a combination of herbal teas, nutrient-dense cold-pressed, organic juices and fresh smoothies. - See more at: http://peoplesrx.com/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-juice/#sthash.nowBnR4Z.dpuf
    With this cleanse, healthy organ function is supported through a combination of herbal teas, nutrient-dense cold-pressed, organic juices and fresh smoothies. - See more at: http://peoplesrx.com/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-juice/#sthash.nowBnR4Z.dpuf
    With this cleanse, healthy organ function is supported through a combination of herbal teas, nutrient-dense cold-pressed, organic juices and fresh smoothies. - See more at: http://peoplesrx.com/out-with-the-old-in-with-the-juice/#sthash.nowBnR4Z.dpuf
  • Spring Membership Drive at KOOP Radio

    Never before has community radio been as important as it is now in the current changing political environment. Each day that the KOOP volunteer programmers step up to the microphone and use it to reach your ears with their perspective. It is an active choice to BE HEARD and to believe in the importance of community. As little as $10 per month is enough to become a member of KOOP and get a Benefits Card and a stylish t-shirt. What more could you ask for (besides the unique and enriching radio you get every day for free)? Make a donation today....you won't regret it.

  • Herbal Kombucha Class at Brite Ideas

    Brite Ideas Aquaponics, Hydroponics & Organics is hosting a class entitled Herbal Kombucha and Flavored Kombucha Vinegar with Jason Avent at their South Austin location on Mar 11 at noon.  Kombucha already has a wonderful array of functions such as probiotic and prebiotic. Learn how to make teas for kombucha and spiking after fermentation to bring out a wide range of functional benefits from herbal ingredients. Stop by to sample the new herbal kombuchas and get a SCOBY to start your own.

  • Free Legal Eagle Seminar from Business Success Center

    The Business Success Center presents a free seminar entitled Legal Eagles: Ask a Business Lawyer on Mar 15 from 12-1pm at Sherlocks Pub. Areas to be covered in the short legal overview by each panelist include business formation, contracts, employment law, intellectually property. Bring your questions or submit them in advance by March 10 to make sure they get covered. Panelists include Andrew Eisenberg, Partner, Lee & Hayes; Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Lincoln-Goldfinch Immigration Law; Paula Pierce, Law firm of Paula Pierc. Moderator and host Jan Triplett will lead an intense FAQ following the panel.

  • Annual ABC Kite Festival

    Mark your calendar for the Annual ABC Kite Festival on Mar 5. Free admission and a full day of activities and kite flying fun. Enjoy the 2 mile Fun Run in the morning, a kids concert at the Moss Fest stage, and compete in the Kite Showcase & Contest in the afternoon. Proceeds go to support causes - Communities In Schools and the Moss Pieratt Foundation. This event has roots that go all the way back to 1929!

  • Richards Rodriguez & Skeith Welcome New Partners

    Richards Rodriguez & Skeith are happy to announce that Daniel Riegel and Adriana Lopez-Ortiz have joined as partners. Daniel comes to Austin by way of Washington D.C., where he practiced complex commercial litigation at a large international law firm and clerked for the Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. At RRS, Daniel focuses his practice on Commercial Litigation and Employment Law. Adriana returns from the Rio Grande Valley area and has rejoined their Business and Transaction group.