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

  • Barton Springs Eternal

    The Save Our Springs Alliance is hosting a reunion party to celebrate the reissue of the music video "Barton Springs Eternal" at Threadgill's on Jun 21 from 6-8pm and from 8-10pm. In 1992 a group of Austin musicians, artists and activists recorded the song "Barton Springs Eternal" in a colorful, fun-filled two day session. The video version has now been edited into a lively, all star Austin effort that retains the energy of the era and the importance of the movement. Admittance is free but donations to Save Our Springs and Save Barton Creek are graciously accepted.

     
  • BIZtoBIZ: CodeNEXT with Business Success Center and Laura Morrison

    The Business Success Center welcomes mayoral candidate Laura Morrison to talk about small business & CodeNEXT on Jun 18 at noon. CodeNEXT has big implications for neighborhood businesses and the future of all small businesses. You will want to hear what Austin Mayoral Candidate Laura Morrison sees from the perspective of being the former chair of the Austin Neighborhoods Council as well as serving on the Austin City Council. This is a program of the Austin Small Biz Success Meetup and the Business Success Center but everyone is welcome. RSVP here.

     
  • Winemaker Luncheon at Gusto Italian Kitchen

    Join Gusto Italian Kitchen on Jun 20 for a special four course luncheon featuring wines of the Firriato Winery with special guests winery ambassador Marco Scapagnini and Michelle Schumann, Austin Chamber Music Artistic Director. The luncheon is presented by KMFA Classical 89.5 and hosted by Dianne Donovan. A portion of the proceeds will benefit KMFA. See ticket info here.

     

     
  • Beth Carpenter at Wimbery Metaphysical & Holistic Fair

    Practitioner Beth Carpenter will be in Wimberley at the Metaphysical and Holistic Fair on Jun 23 from 11am to 5pm. Enjoy a day with wonderful healers and practitioners. This event is for individuals who are looking for guidance, looking for healing, or simply wanting to purchase items for themselves or a loved one. No matter where you are on your spiritual path you will simply enjoy this fair. Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12. Free Admission.
     

     
  • Summer Solstice Celebration at Studio Mantra

    The Summer Solstice is the time to honor the Earth and her wisdom! Join Studio Mantra and Janice Samueslon (Harimandir Kaur) and KC Taylor (Nav Jodha) on Friday, Jun 22 from 7:00 - 8:30pm, to celebrate the longest day of the year! They'll join together in a a short and gentle Kundalini yoga practice followed by a beautiful gong concert...and tap into the powerful Shakti energy that resides in us all! Please bring any earth element--a flower, stone, seashell, etc. to create a symbolic Mandala as we pay tribute to Mother Earth! All are welcome!
     

     
  • Dad Month at Bird's Barbershop

    It's Dad Month at Bird's Barbershop and they are offering gift cards at a discounted rate. Through the end of the month, stop by any of their shops and buy a $50 gift card for only $40. They're even throwing in a free dad cap or "cool dad" shirt to complete the package. Stock up now for maximum rad-dadness.

     

     
  • Free Rides from RideAustin

    RideAustin has partnered with Cap Metro to offer you FREE Rides from Tarrytown! Austin's public transit provider is asking ride-hailing nonprofit RideAustin to pick you up and take you to a bus route as part of a pilot program. The program will run for six months in the Exposition area of west Austin. The program is in place in part because a 40-foot bus isn't the best option for every area of the city. The program starts Jun 11 and is free -  users just have to pay the bus fare. Just download the RideAustin app and book a ride from one of the two stops to anywhere inside the Exposition Innovation Zone.

     
  • Join SOS This Summer

    Meet Save Our Spring Alliance's awesome summer interns at Barton Springs pool every weekend from 12-4pm. Learn about the issues facing the springs and aquifer, buy a map or t-shirt, and become an SOS member for $10!  Yes, that's right -- their summer member drive has begun! You get a free eco-tour with snorkeling with your new membership.  They need everyone that loves Barton Springs to become a member this summer to help us educate the thousands of newcomers moving to Austin on the importance of and threats to Barton Springs. Help keep our springs clean and flowing forever.  See you at the pool!

     
  • ATX Vegan Drinks at Bistro Vonish

    This Friday, Jun 1, the local social group, ATX Vegan Drinks will be hosting an event with Bistro Vonish and the fine folks at Possum Park. They'll be out here to welcome some new neighbors, socialize, and hold a raffle to benefit Austin Pets Alive. Bistro Vonish will be open all day, but the party kicks off at 8PM. And don't forget to mark your calendars for the Possum Park Fourth of July Party, happening on Independence Day, 11AM- 2PM. Bistro Vonish is always BYOB, as well as kid friendly and dog friendly.

     
  • Rock N Roll Mall at Spiderhouse

    Rock 'n Roll is here to stay my friends and Spiderhouse is the place to be. Rock'N'Roll Mall pt. 2 is Saturday Jun 2 from 6 to 10pm. Love to shop, chill, rock, AND roll??? Good because they've got all of that and more during the biggest and baddest sequel you will ever see. Vendors will be set up in the Chapel to share some of their best vintage, records, pins, plant friends, jewelry, and a bunch of other cool thingggss. Great tunes will be provided thanks to DJ's Rock'N'Roll Animal, Jake Garcia (The Ripe/Black Angels), Mr. Nobody, and Clean Bobby. Great stuff, you seriously don't wanna miss this! All ages, furry friends and kiddos welcome - free!

     
  • BIZtoBIZ: Solopreneurs Growth Network with Business Success Center

    The Business Success Center is hosting the Solopreneurs Growth Network: Leading with Engagement, Innovation, and Passion on Jun 5 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  You are never truly alone. Even as a solopreneur you are leading others, including your clients. As leaders we want to provide the best for our companies’ success, growth, and sustainability. As you review the leadership keys during this presentation, you’ll see clearly how you can apply the practical ideas to your business, whether small, large, or somewhere in-between. An insightful, interactive exercise wraps up the session. Free and open to the public. RSVP here.

     
  • Huge Inventory Time Sale at Assistance League

    The Assistance League of Austin is having a HUGE sale! It is Inventory Time and that means everything in the store is 50% OFF. This amazing sale ends May 31 and then the Thrift House will be closed on Friday for restocking.  They will reopen on Saturday with a store bursting with new and new-to-us items. Thanks so much for your continued support and they "improve the well-being of our community - one child, one teen, one adult at a time." The Thrift House is open at 4901 Burnet Rd. Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm and the 3rd Thursday of each month until 7:30 pm.

     
  • Leave the Mowing to ABC Home & Commercial

    Want to spend your weekends enjoying your lawn, rather than slaving in it? Call ABC Home & Commercial's lawn specialists. For as little as $49 per visit, these specialists will keep your lawn picture perfect. Basic service includes mow, precision edge, string trimming and blow cleaning of hardscape surfaces. Save your free time for having fun, let ABC do the mowing.

     

     
  • BIZtoBIZ: Small Business Classes with COA Economic Development Department

    The City of Austin Economic Development Department loves celebrating local entrepreneurs in Austin. The Small Business Program offers a variety of educational classes, events, and assistance all year round to help you start or grow your business. May 22: Setting Goals for Small Business Excellence, May 23: BizOpen: Commercial Property Requirements, May 23: Small Business Insurance: How to Protect Your Business, May 29: Build a Strong Foundation to Grow, June 6: BizAid Business Orientation, June 6: SBA-505/CDC Loan Program, June 12: Test Before You Invest: The Lean Start Method.

     
  • Antonelli's Cheese Shop at The Hot Luck

    Antonelli's Cheese Shop is excited to be taking part in the Hot Luck: A Live Food and Music festival May 24 to 27. This Texas-sized get-together is the true Austin festival experience blending world-class culinary talent and live music to honor the soul, sweat and DIY diversity of the food and music world. While the opening night is sold out, there are still some tickets left to other portions of the food and music fest.