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

  • Wellness Fair with Studio Mantra

    Join Studio Mantra at the Mesa Woods Shopping Center and get to know some amazing local businesses who have your health and wellness at heart! Info, samples, demos - and free chair massage. The event will be held Oct 20 from 9am to 1pm and is open to the public. A great opportunity to check out some great natural and healthly product and service providers.

     

     
  • Openings at TexHealth

    TexHealth has openings in its Premium Assistance Program for small business employees that need help getting and paying for group health insurance. There is no fee to participate and TexHealth will reimburse one-third of the total premium up to $110 for eligible employees (owners may qualify too!). Eligible employees are those earning $48,560 or less and the business Is located in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Burnet, Milam or Harris County. For more information please visit www.texhealthct.org or contact Jim Rodriguez at 512-524-2618 or jrodriguez@texhealthct.org.

     
  • BookPeople Presents the Texas Book Festival

    The official 2018 Festival Weekend schedule is out and BookPeople couldn't be more excited. With two days packed full of more than 300 authors in 250+ events, including book talks and signings, live entertainment, activities and storytimes for kids, cooking demonstrations and more, there is truly something for every reader at the 2018 Texas Book Festival. Some of the favorite authors to add to your list are Jacqueline Woodson, Tommy Orange, Jose Antonio Vargas, Jamel Brinkley, & Yuyi Morales.

     
  • Autumn at Assistance League of Austin

    It's truly autumn over at the Assistance League of Austin. This week they are featuring: Halloween everything, Thanksgiving decor, suede and leather, plaid for everyone, and designer shoes.Their holiday preview party is coming! Tickets are available for this 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Nov 6 event. Please remind your cashier that you would like to purchase an early-bird ticket for $10 cash. It's a tax-free evening and all ticket proceeds help clothe Austin area children in need.

     

     
  • Fall Lawn Care at The Great Outdoors

    Fall may not seem like an ideal time to think about lawn care, considering that your grass will go dormant for the winter. However, it's the perfect time to prepare your lawn for beautiful growth next spring. Fall's cool and wetter weather helps roots develop, and taking advantage of this growing period will ensure a luscious green expanse next year. The Great Outdoors has all of the supplies and advice you could need to get set for a beautiful healthy lawn or "yarden".

     

     
  • Wheatsville and KOOP Radio Voting

    In the Venn diagram of people who are members/owners at Wheatsville Food Coop and people who listen to KOOP Radio, we know there is a large crossover (or "intersection" for you Venn fans). ow is the time for the Intersection to make itself heard! Wheatsville Food Co-op is reminding its members to vote for the ten final Community Action Nominee organizations who will be assigned fundraising months in 2019. KOOP is one of the selections for Community Action Nominee this year! The deadline for voting is Nov 9. To vote, or for more information about membership, you may visit Wheatsville.coop.

     
  • Kickstarter at Vinca

    Vinca is known for being that quirky jewelry company at toy stores and boutiques alike. They've been online since 2006, are now opening a retail space on east 5th and Chicon! To raise funds they have launched a kickstarter which ends Oct. 25. It includes tons of cool rewards like pet portrait jewelry, sparkley rings, custom name necklaces, and more!

     

     
  • Rocktober Sale at Strait Music

    What's in your attic? You probably have moth balls and old pictures, Strait Music has music gear discounted up to 75% and they are bringing it all down to the sales floor at the lowest prices all year! Quality gear being sold at or below dealer cost from your favorite brands like Gibson, Epiphone, Fender, Yamaha, Taylor, Roland,Korg, Moog, Electro-Harmonix & many more! This sale is at the Ben White Location only on Oct 20 from 10am to 5:30pm.

     

     
  • Halloween Event at End of and Ear

    End of and Ear is hosting a special Halloween event to celebrate the soundtrack to the new 2018 "Halloween" film by John Carpenter on Oct 19 from 6 to 8 pm. They will have refreshments with special Halloween cocktails, custom trick or treat bags designed by Sacred Bones, candy, Enter-to-win contest for a free color copy of each: OST "Halloween" and the Trent Reznor 12". Lousianna Purchase will be passing out treats and will perform a number as well. Fun!

     

     
  • Pumpkin Ice Cream from Amy's Ice Creams

    Pumpkin Ice Cream is back at Amy's Ice Creams! Pumpkin Ice Cream is making it's way back into all of their locations as the new seasonal standard! Starting Monday, Oct 1 through Halloween, go and try this Amy's favorite! Or have ice cream delivered straight to your door today! They've partnered with Favor to offer y'all this sweet deal- FREE DELIVERY for any first-time Favor users with the promotion code: "AMYS".  Do yourself a Favor today!

     

     
  • ACL Signings at Waterloo Records

    Waterloo Records is ready to do Austin City Limits up right! They have an amazing lineup of Artist Signings including X Ambassadors on Friday, CHVRCHES on Saturday, and  Shakey Graves on Sunday. Signings are scheduled for both weekends of ACL Oct 5, 6, 7 and Oct 12, 13, 14. Support live music AND local record stores!

     

     
  • Prospecting ID from the Business Success Center

    Don't waste time on the wrong prospects. Come discuss how to identify the right ones, how to find them and how to ensure you're marketing the right message to them the right way and not attracting time wasters and worse. This is a discussion and work session, not a lecture. Prospecting ID: How to Find the Best Prospect Every Time is a Solopreneur Meetup, with speaker Jan Triplett, Ph.D., to be held on Oct. 2 from 7-8:00pm at the Busines Success Center offices in the Chase Bank Tower at 7600 Burnet Rd #13. 

     
  • Texas Teen Book Fest from BookPeople

    Are you ready? BookPeople is! The Texas Teen Book Festival is celebrating 10 years, so they are going BIG for 2018! They have a schedule full of panels and signings with some of the best YA authors in the world. The fun starts bright and early at
    9am on Saturday, Oct 6 at St. Edward's University.  Oh, and did we mention this festival is FREE and open to the public? Yup!

     

     
  • Property Brothers at BookPeople

    Come celebrate Jonathan and Drew Scott's book for young readers (and builders)! Hey, HGTV fans! The Property Brothers will be at BookPeople Sunday, Oct 7 at 4pm to sign copies of their new children's book, Builder Brothers: Big Plans! Buy your voucher now to get a spot in the signing line.

     

     
  • VHS Swap Party with End of an Ear

    AGFA, End Of An Ear Records and VHStival present VHS Swap Thing 2018, their 4th kind-of-annual explosion of VHS-slinging mayhem! Videomaniaxx attending from all over the US and live VHS mixing on stage by The Voyager Institute! This event will be at the Highball on Sept 25 from 6 - 9pm and is open and free to all humans!