Over the past four years LoveLiveLocal has become a resource for Cape Codders who are wondering where they can purchase things locally. The past two years our own Amanda Converse has both explored her own shopping habits to share where there might be challenges with regard to spending the majority of her dollars locally, as well as answered others’ questions about where to shop local for their wants and needs. This year Amanda will mentor self-selected individuals who are trying to change some of their own shopping habits in order to ensure they invest in their community as much as possible. We were so excited when Lauren Leverone of Sandwich contacted us about being one of our Shop Local Transformation subjects. We became acquainted with Lauren and her husband Chad at the end of 2016 as they had recently purchased Cape Cod Cornhole, and signed on to be a part of the LoveLocal Fest 2017 season (yay, Cornhole tourneys are back at Aselton!).
Chad and Lauren moved to Sandwich from South Boston five years ago. Lauren said, “the city really didn’t give us any sense of community, so we looked forward to getting involved in the town that we would raise our family. We discovered early on that Cape Cod was the exact opposite of a city feel. If the Cape Cod arm could actually hug you, it would!”
Perhaps it was becoming a local business owner or the Cape Cod local spirit that seems to touch many people that enlightened Lauren to the importance of shopping local. She knows that by spending her dollars at a local shop as opposed to shopping online, she is supporting the community that has been so good to her.
But this means curbing her Amazon habit. She knows that she does it because “it’s easy and convenient.” But she also knows she can get most anything she needs from a local shop, as she’s already put it into practice. When she wanted party favors for her daughter’s birthday, instead of buying them on Amazon, she drove to Titcomb’s Book Shop and bought them there in order to support a business she knows and loves.
So, in the next two months Amanda will go through Lauren’s shopping list looking for more examples like this, and recommend locally owned businesses as alternatives to shopping online and at chain stores.
Lauren says, “I want to take this challenge to expand my knowledge of the local businesses that I am not aware of and then I can add them to my list of local favorites…I just need to branch out further and be sure to shop local as much as I can! Shopping local helps keep our beloved community alive!”
Do you or someone you know need help reforming your big box store or online shopping ways? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you on your journey!