Why Shopping Local is So Important This Christmas
Join us on our mission to give back to beautiful North Georgia by surprising someone special with a hand-illustrated gift from OTM.
North Georgia provides our community with beautiful backdrops, exciting adventures, and plentiful resources. With a strong desire to celebrate and show our appreciation for these natural wonders, Of These Mountains was created as both a lifestyle brand and a love letter to North Georgia, written through designs from local artisans.
Our team takes great pride in the fact that our products are designed, created, and printed all within the neighboorhood. We each play a different role here at OTM but we are all on the same mission and that is to preserve our natural legacy.
At the end of this week, many of us will be waking up turkey hungover, exhausted from cooking and hosting our oh-so opinionated in-laws, swearing off anything pumpkin related for the next 5 years. If that weren't enough, the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.
As tempting as racing to the mall before dawn to physically fight off aggressive shoppers sounds, we have an even better shopping plan for you this Christmas and that is to join us in the celebration Of These Mountains by giving gifts that give back to your local community.
Why Shop Local?
While there are tons of reasons and benefits for shopping local, we want to share a few of our favorites...
•Local businesses care about their customers. They are your neighbors, their kids go to school with your kids, they can be spotted at the local diner, or you may run into them when hiking on your favorite trail. They are real people and real people provide answers to questions and solutions to problems, making your shopping experience all the more enjoyable. Anytime you stop by Of These Mountains, you will be greeted by familiar faces and generations of hometown knowledge.
•When shopping at a locally owned business, you are not only showing your support to your community, but you are also giving back to your community. Studies show that an average of only 10-15% of box store's revenue is returned to their local community as compared to local businesses, who on average return 50-65% of their revenue to their local community. Local businesses pay sales taxes to the city and county they are located in which means the money you spend goes towards funding and supporting public schools, parks, and service workers such as firefighters.
You can rest easy knowing when you make a purchase from Of These Mountains, a portion of your hard earned money will go towards our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
•Most cities have a Wal-Mart or a Mcdonalds which we can't deny are often convenient solutions for last minute needs, but these retail shops and corporations often lead to purchases we feel guilty about. Oppositely, shopping locally provides consumers with a unique and authentic experience as well as quality products that can't be found anywhere else.
Local businesses often began as a hobby, talent, or passion and are what keep our cities and towns vibrant and charming.
Do you know of a unique local business, artist, or maker?
If so, tell us about them in the comment box below or shoot us an email and we will share their story on our blog and social media.
Whether you're a local, a native, a visitor, or just passing through, ditch the lines and cookie-cutter gifts this year and purchase a hand illustrated gift from Of These Mountains. There’s something uniquely special about giving or receiving a gift from a local shop or artist.
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