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Business Owners Take a Stand to Encourage People to 'Shop Local'
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Business Owners Take a Stand to Encourage People to 'Shop Local'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Business ownership certainly can have its ups and downs, but it was a chance Linda Fontenot wanted to take.

She opened up her own consignment shop, Posh Couture, in Regency two years ago. "I'm all about the green. Recycle their clothes. Someone's trash is someone else's treasure," she said.

But some may prefer the appeal of the more well-known national stores and restaurants. A movement by independently owned businesses aims to change that. "Independent We Stand" encourages people to shop local.

A study by the Civic Economics Andersonville Study of Retail Economics projects $41.3 million would go back into the Jacksonville metro area economy if every family spent $10 a month with a locally owned business. 

Fontenot depends on her local customers to keep business going. "It's a smart way to do business and you should always shop locally," said Fontenot.

Tony Mechiek couldn't agree more. He just opened the Salty River Sports Bar and Grill, and hopes to grow a strong customer base. "As the owner of a small business, we need some help and some support from the local people," he said.

"Just to help the economy prosper again, to help the small businesses to grow instead of going to big chains," said Meichek.

The millions in local money, according to study, could go into things like improving schools and increasing services.

"That $10 would go a long way. It really would," said Fontenot.

It also helps business owners like Fontenot and Mechiek keep living their American dreams of being entrepreneurs.

"Oh yeah, it's absolutely a part of the American dream," said Mechiek.

Fontenot said it is "just a good way for everyone to have a win-win in the end."

For local businesses near you, visit www.independentwestand.org.

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