5 Reasons to Shop Local this Holiday Season

With the holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to determine where you will do your shopping. Where you choose to shop can not only affect the economy, but also the environment. Because the holidays are quickly approaching, we know the number of advertisements we see on television, the internet billboards, and print magazines, newspapers, etc., will quickly soar. However, caught in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle large retailers bring during the holiday season, are the small, local businesses. Why should you consider buying local this holiday season, rather than investing in gifts from the big-box retailers? We have pulled together 5 spectacular reasons below!

Benefits of Shopping Locally

  1. Create more jobs. Small businesses are among the largest employers in the country and offer a multitude of jobs, particularly to those in the local community. Not only do independent businesses employ more individuals per each dollar of revenue, but they also are the customers of local accountants, wholesalers, farmers, printers, etc. Support your local businesses, and you will create jobs for your friends, your loved ones, and even yourself.
  2. Keep the community unique, and let it thrive. There is nothing more fulfilling than watching a small community develop and thrive as the years roll along. Where you shop, eat, and have fun are what helps make your community a HOME and adds a unique sense of character to the area. Plus, studies show that entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to settle in communities that recognize, support and preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses, helping the community to continue to grow and be successful.
  3. Local businesses give back (chain stores [typically] do not). Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future. In other words, local businesses, no matter what, are more likely to “do good” for the community and support local causes within the community.
  4. Achieve and receive more diversity. Typically, smaller businesses have a far greater diversity in products and services than that of chain stores. How often do you walk into a chain store and know (for the most part) what you will find? Not in a small business! Small businesses often add an element of surprise in their inventory –because of their ability to be more diverse!
  5. Support yourself. Let’s face it, you’re not just supporting the local businesses, but you’re also in turn supporting YOURSELF. Multiple studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, instead of a large, nationally owned business, a much greater chunk of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms which helps to strengthen the economic base of the community. What else does this mean? A greater percentage of local businesses helps keep your taxes lower!

We would love to hear from you! How do you support shopping local? Please visit our Facebook page to share the local businesses you enjoy shopping with most and why!

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Top 6 Questions to Ask When Buying a Scooter

Purchasing a scooter can be a time-consuming, headache-causing and frustrating process –but it doesn’t have to be! If you go into the scooter-buying process with an open mind (and a little behind-the-scenes knowledge from yours truly!) you will walk away with a smile on your face and the scooter of your dreams. It’s all about knowing what to ask beforehand in order to get what you NEED.

6 Things to Ask When Purchasing a Scooter

  1. Will the scooter be used primarily indoors, outdoors, or both? This is important for not only you to know the answer to, but also for the scooter specialist. Knowing where you will be using the scooter can help determine what brand and type (durability) of scooter you may need.
  2. Will you need to transport your mobility scooter when traveling? Will you be going on family vacations where you need to take your scooter with you? Unless you have a large vehicle that can easily transport a larger scooter, you may need to consider looking into a compact scooter. Likewise, you may want to check with your local transportation authority for information regarding any size restrictions that you may need to be aware of when traveling long distances.
  3. Does it have the accessories and storage you are looking for? Don’t expect your scooter to have closet-like storage or Yacht-like accessories; however, don’t give in and settle for less than you deserve. Make sure the scooter you are looking for has any extra accessories or storage space you may desire, such as a second basket.
  4. How much do you plan on spending on your scooter? Prices can greatly vary depending upon various features, brands, new vs old, among many other items. For example, do you want a scooter with arm rests? If so, make sure you figure that into your budget. Do your research ahead of time and go into your shopping extravaganza with a budget in mind.
  5. Is the scooter comfortable for you to sit in? This may seem like an obvious statement, but it is important that you know what you are purchasing before you actually purchase it. The downside of purchasing a scooter online is you don’t have the chance to sit in the scooter and make sure it is the right fit for you. Shopping local at a store near you can allow you to test out various scooters and make sure you are pleased with what you are getting.
  6. What is the weight load on the scooter? This refers to all of the weight-bearing-stress being placed on (or in) the scooter at any one time. If you are overweight or have to carry heavy items on your scooter at times, you want to make sure the scooter expert you are working with is aware of this so that they can find the right scooter to fit your needs.

 

Finding the right scooter to fit your everyday needs is important. That is why we, at New Visions, focus on making your scooter shopping experience both positive and personalized, to find you the scooter of your dreams!

P.S. This month ONLY we are offering $100 off all new scooters! Give us a call at 419.679.4979 or stop in to test drive and get your very own scooter today!