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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

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    Join the SOS Alliance on Sat Jul 29 at 9:30am for the last Yoga at the Springs Program of the season. Meet under "Mother Pecan" outside the south gate of Barton Springs Pool of Robert E. Lee Rd. Please Bring your own mat and water bottle. Donations are appreciated. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to SOS today!

     

     
  • Brene Brown at BookPeople

    BookPeople is excited to welcome Brene Brown on Sept 19 at 7pm. Social scientist and three-time #1 New York Times bestseller Brené Brown has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives – courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In her new book, Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines our understanding of what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. Tickets will be available on Jul 19 at 11am.

     

     
  • BIZtoBIZ: CandyBite Bulk Candy Machines to Keep Customers Happy

    Looking for something interesting to spice up your waiting area? CandyBite specializes in bulk candy machines and is looking for locations around town who are interested in hosting a candy machine. They offer quality triple canister candy machines and quality candy to go with them. All you need is a decent amount of foot traffic and a nice area to place the machine. CandyBite takes full responsibility of the machine and the candy as well as all servicing required of the machine. For additional information please contact me CandyBite at candybite.ng@gmail.com.

     
  • Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with BookPeople

    BookPeople is super excited to be celebrating the first ever Texas Independent Bookstore Day on Aug 5! This is a THANK YOU for you, the loyal customers, for shopping with us all year round -- they wouldn't be here without you! All the fun kicks off at 11:30am with storytime and keeps going all afternoon. Our friends from the Blanton Museum will be there to help us create some book-inspired art, plus they'll have a bookmark contest and a scavenger hunt in the store.
     

     
  • Diving Deep at Studio Mantra

    The first of the 3-part Diving Deep Summer Yoga Workshop Series at Studio Mantra will be Jul 16 from 1:30 to 3:30. Amy & Laura will share the finer points of what is commonly known as the "Vinyasa": Plank Pose, Chaturanga Dandasana, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog) and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog). Join this workshop where you will explore key actions within these poses, build strength to take into your yoga practice and cultivate a curiosity that will invite you to take your practice to new depths! $20 Before 7/9, $25 After 7/9 & at the door. 

     
  • "Travel" to Southern Italy at Gusto

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  • BIZtoBIZ: Crowdfunding Know-how with Business Success Center

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  • BIZtoBIZ: Richards Rodriguez & Skeith Welcomes Kathryn Turpin

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  • BIZtoBIZ: BOSS Talks from Business Success Center

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  • BIZtoBIZ: Webstore Bootcamp by Ally Digital

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