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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

  • Packing Services from Ask Me Concierge

    Did you know when you hire movers, you don't have to hire them to do the packing? Ask Me Concierge takes pride in caring for your items & treating you like family, not just another "dump it in the box and go" like some moving companies. Compare their rates to the others and you will not be disappointed. They can bring all the supplies you need too. And thru the end of the year, receive up to 25 small to medium cardboard boxes free with packing service. Contact Trish at 512-786-9615 or Trish@AskMeConcierge.com.

  • Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day at AOMA

    The AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine is hosting a FREE celebration in honor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day on Oct 24 from 12:30 to 2! Nelson Song Luo will be offering free acupuncture and cupping demonstrations - everyone will have a chance to experience AOM firsthand. There will also be an herbal tea tasting with recipes written some of AOMA's acupuncturists, snacks, and raffle prizes. Join us for the festivities and leave feeling better and knowing more about acupuncture and traditional Chinese.

  • $5 Coupon from Lauterstein Conway Massage School

    Lauterstein Conway Massage School loves their clients and values the opinions and suggestions of those in the commmunity! As they continue to strive to improve the Clinic experience for both clients and students, they are requesting feedback from those who have visited before. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and receive a $5 0ff coupon to use at your next appointment. What a great way to give back and get a little too.


  • Just Tap! at Tapestry Dance Company

    Tapestry Dance Company presents Just Tap!, Oct 12 – 22 in Rollins Studio Theatre. Austin is home to the world's ONLY full-time professional tap dance company! They are incredible!! Family-friendly show! “Just Tap!” presents the world of tap dance from traditional to the avant garde featuring world renown tap dance artist Aia Gray with the professional members of Tapestry Dance Company–the only full-time, professional, repertory tap dance company in the world! Information and tickets available here.

  • ACL Signings with Waterloo Records

    Join Waterloo Records on the beautiful grounds of ACL FEST, meet your favorite artists and have them sign your brand new records! Also don't miss the Broken Spoke book signing with authors Donna Marie Miller and James White with performances by Pauline Reese, Leddy Bragg, Ben Stafford Rogers, Paula Russell and Alvin Crow on Nov 6 and 27 at 5pm. There is almost never a day that doesn't include something fun at Waterloo. This sentence will be white and is for spacing. And this one will be too.

  • Fall Fashion Fest at Link Coworking

    Join Link Coworking for their Fall Fashion Fest on Oct 14. It might even feel a little but like Fall here in Texas by then! They will be hosting a pop-up shop with local vendors. Drinks and snacks will be provided. You can find them at 2700 W Anderson Lane in suite #205 from 10am to 1pm. This event will have fashion designers, jewelry, kid's pajamas and so much more. We knew coworking was a lot of fun, but we didn't know if could be all this - while you are there check out the great space Link provides for its members. You won't be disappointed!

  • BIZtoBIZ: Year End Sale at Eagle Office Products

    Eagle Office Products is having a year end sale of their HON products. Pedestal desks, comfortable functional seating, and powerful practicality are all included in this sale. Offers valid through Dec 31. Eagle Office Products has been serving Central Texas Businesses since 1988. It is still locally owned and operated. They are a full service commercial office supplies vendor with over 35,000 items available, from paper clips to furniture, for next business day delivery. Additionally, Eagle Office Products sells printing, copying, promotional items, and other customer specific materials.

  • Originator Studios in EAST

    Originator Studios will be participating in EAST for the second year in a row with their VR Tilt Brush competition, and they are looking for artists! Whether you're a painter, sculptor, architect, or designer, see what you can create in Tilt Brush. Selected finalists will each have 2 hours to complete their piece Nov 11 & 12, and they will announce the winners at our viewing party Nov 18 from 7-10pm. Follow the link for entries and info.  Also, if you need a new home base, they have a single office space for rent available Nov 1. Email info@originatorstudios.com for more info. 

  • 9th Annual Pepe Z Party at Jack Allen's Kitchen

    Join Jack Allen's Kitchen on Oct 17 from 5 to 10pm for the 9th annual Pepe Z Party on the Patio! They will be offering paired dinner specials from Chef Rojo and $6 Pepe Z cocktails. Come for the tequila and food and stay for the live music on the patio. A great time of year for a little patio time!


  • Howl-o-Weenie Festival at DogBoys

    Join Dogboy's on Oct 28 from 2 to 5pm for a not-so-scary but very good time with your pup! They will have fun activities for kids and dogs. Stop by the fire pit and the spooky forest to pick DogBoy's brain about all things dog related (and have a s'more!), get in on the costume contest, have your face painted, and step into the photo booth to remember the big event. Tickets can be purchased in advance for only $10 on here or will be available on the day of the event for $12. Can't attend, but want to donate anyway? You can make a donation online! All proceeds benefit Pflugerville Pets Alive.

  • First Time Home Buyer Seminar at Habitat Hunters

    Join Habitat Hunters for a first time home buyers seminar on Nov 1 at 6:30pm. Now is a great time to buy. Are you ready to buy? Are your ducks in a row? Do you even have ducks? Here is your opportunity to learn about the Austin market and the buying process. Learn about the home buying process, how to improve your credit, which loan program is best for you, and if you qualify for down payment assistance (there are many programs for buyers in Central Texas). It is time to stop paying your landlord's mortgage and start building equity today!

  • Eduardo Lalo at Malvern Books

    Join Malvern Books on Oct 18 at 7pm for an evening with acclaimed Puerto Rican writer Eduardo Lalo, hosted by César A. Salgado. The event will feature a bilingual reading from Lalo’s most recent book, Uselessness; a reading from a work-in-progress; a conversation about what the translation into English of Lalo’s past and recent work entails and implies; and a signing of some of Lalo’s recent books. Proceeds from all sales on Oct 18 will benefit the UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program. All contributions to the UNIDOS Fund go to help the immediate and long-term recovery needs of children, families and communities in distress from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

  • BIZtoBIZ: SCORE Mentoring at Link Coworking

    Link Coworking is excited to offer free SCORE mentoring once a month from SCORE Austin! Sign up for a time slot on this form to meet with SCORE mentor, Alan Hulme-Lowe. SCORE provides free small business advice and education to anyone looking to start or grow their small business. Since 1964, SCORE “Mentors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through mentoring and business workshops.  These events take place at their Anderson Lane location.

  • BIZtoBIZ: Austin Small Biz Meetup with Business Success Center

    Match your business lifecycle with your IP strategy at this meetup hosted by the Business Success Center on Oct 18 from 12 to 1pm at Sherlock's. Intellectual Property attorney Andrew Eisenberg will discuss the pros and cons of planning, obtaining, and maintaining intellectual property at various stages of a company’s lifecycle. In particular, he will discuss the changing role of IP for pre-revenue startups, early/small businesses, as well as for fortune 500 companies. RSVP here.

  • BIZtoBIZ: Mentor Zone from Business SuccessCenter

    Get ready for the last Mentor Zone program for 2017 on Oct 20 from 10am to 12pm! Free individualized mentoring work session for all businesses from Business Success Center. 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. Please complete this before attending: http://bit.ly/Mentoringrequestquestionnaire by Oct. 10.