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.


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

  • Small Biz Success Meetup with Business Success Center

    Join the Business Success Center on Aug 20 at noon to learn How Travis County Can Help You Grow Your Business.This is a program of the Austin Small Biz Success Meetup and the Business Success Center but everyone is welcome. Presenters will be David Greear, Bond Program Project Manager, and Jerome Guerrero, HUB Program Specialist. This event will start right at noon and end at 1PM - come early if you want to eat and sit with our speakers. Bring cards to share and be prepared to share a recent success! RSVP here.

  • LegalLine from Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas

    Finding answers to legal questions can be difficult, but on Sept 4, obtaining simple brief legal advice will be easy-- just call LegalLine. Sponsored by the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas, LegalLine is a community service program staffed by attorney volunteers who answer legal questions concerning many law types-- family matters, business and consumer issues, estate planning, and criminal matters. This service is bilingual (eng/span), free, anonymous, and confidential and available every first Tuesday of the month. Call 512-472-8303 from 5:30-7:30 PM for advice from local attorneys.

  • BiztoBiz: BOSS-Talks Business Tools with Business Success Center

    The Boss-Talks series from the Business Success Center showcases an inspiring entrepreneur each month. On Sept 6 at noon, the monthly webinar features Sandra Stenzel, creator of the Bid Resource Center in Beaumont, Texas, that became the model for federal contracting assistance programs throughout the country. Get a good education on how to find and win federal contacts using some low tech as well as high tech techniques.


  • Instrument Rental from Strait Music

    Do you have a child starting school band or orchestra? Rent your instrument from Strait Music online by Aug 12 and use code EMAIL25 in the "Questions/Comments" section of your rental and get a $25 gift card for future purchase! Their site has your local school's requirements pre-loaded, just pick your school and go. Rent your instrument in-store this weekend, show this email and get your music stand for free!


  • Barton Springs University Day wtih SOS Alliance

    The Save Our Springs Alliance is happy to announce that the Austin City Council declared Sept 25 Barton Springs University Day and approved free swim for that day. Mark your calendars for fun, wellness and outdoor education. The event is open to the public. Barton Springs University day is designed primarily for high school students but includes college students and the general public. It features lectures, hands on activities, an interactive community fair and training by leading academics, professionals, and policy makers on central Texas water science, public policy, history and sustainable living.

  • Dance Shoe Repair at Movin Easy

    Movin' Easy is movin' and stitchin' this summer. They are now offering a pointe shoe ribbon and elastic sewing service! $20 per pair for single loop and $25 for crisscross elastic. Wait for your pair to be sewn or come back within 3 days for pick up. Some exclusions apply. Ask your pointe shoe specialist for details at 512-474-0980 or dance@movineasy.com.


  • Space For Lease with HatBox

    Looking for street level space downtown on Congress Ave?! HatBox: A Modern Habadashery is leasing 1500 sq ft of space that will be shared with Austin's iconic hat shop. Located at 704 Congress, just 3 blocks from the Capitol building and across from the Paramount Theatre, this co-tenant agreement would require a 1 year minimum commitment. Serious inquiries only. Please call Annetta at 512-476-1203.


  • Upcoming Events at Peoples RX

    Peoples Rx has a great lineup of events coming up. Like everything at Peoples, these classes will help you be the best you ever! Attend Sustainable Weight Loss on Aug 6, Allergies & Oriental Medicine Monday on Aug 13, Stress Release on Aug 20, Overcoming Addiction with Acupuncture on Aug 27 or Holistic Mineral Balancing on Sept 4. Never settle!

  • Replace Rotting Wood with ABC Home & Commercial

    Have rotting wood on your home? Let ABC Home and Commercial help! The professionals will replace all the wood as needed, seal it, caulk it and paint it to look like new again. They are even offering $50 off wood replacement for a limited time. Wood rot is one of those things that only gets worse if you ignore it - don't delay, call today!


  • End of Season Sale at Assistance League

    Assistance League of Austin is having an end of season sale that includes 75% OFF wearables, all floral, gift bags, fabric and selected household items. Thanks so much for your patronage of the Assistance League - not all shopping trips help make the community a better place but all of your donations and purchases at Assistance League in turn provide help to our community.


  • Liane Moriarty at BookPeople

    Join BookPeople on Nov 14 at 7pm at Austin's Central Library as they welcome Liane Moriarty, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Truly Madly Guilty, Big Little Lies, The Husband's Secret, and more. Liane will speak & sign copies of her new book, Nine Perfect Strangers, this evening. Pre-ordering now will reserve your priority access to the signing line.


  • KOOP DJ Night at Rio Rita

    Join  KOOP Radio for their monthly DJ night at Rio Rita on Aug 2 at 1203 Chicon St! This month they're highlighting hip hop, funk and soul music with your favorites from Hip Hop Hooray, Free Samples, Small Cool World, and In Search of Skronk. No Cover! 10% of the bar will go to KOOP, so bring your party shoes, get some cocktails and dance the night away with KOOP 91.7.


  • Wedding and Corporate Discounts from Cornucopia

    Gourmet Popcorn is perfect for weddings and corporate parties! Cornucopia is offering 15% OFF your popcorn bar for your next event. Keep it rustic or dress it up! You can even customize with your wedding monogram or company logo! Contact them for a quote on a custom popcorn bar today and mention this deal for your discount! Order online or by phone or visit them in one of their two stores on McNeil Drive and Red River Street.


  • Fall Open House at Navidad Farms

    Navidad Farms is gearing up for their 19th Annual Open House at the store on Circle Drive on Oct 13 and 14 from 10am to 6pm.  Those of you who have pre-ordered pecans will be able to pick up at Open House.  At this year's open house, they will be serving tamales for you to try.  Open House weekend will be a GREAT time to do your ordering - everything from tamales to gift candy tins to new party platters and candies. As always, please bring a non-perishable/canned food donation if you can.  It will benefit St. Vincent De Paul's Food Pantry at St. Martin De Porres Church in Dripping Springs. 

  • Eco-Snorkeling Tours from SOS Alliance

    Sign up for the $10 SOS Alliance summer membership special and receive a three springs eco-tour with snorkeling! Discover the underwater world of Barton Springs and learn about Old Mill Spring & the new Eliza Spring project. All tours are from 9-11 AM on Friday and Saturday morning from May 26 through Aug 11. Please indicate in the comments which tour date you would like to attend. See "the Soul of Austin" like you've never seen it as you check out the plants, fish and wildlife over and under the water.