There is something unique about growing up in a small town like Bryan/College Station that gravitates you toward shopping locally. Whether it’s pride, duty or genuine support of a friend or family member, knowing your dollar has gone to not only a community member, but a business owner you trust makes every purchase that much more special. You want to walk through those doors. You want to shop there first. You want to brag to others that your town has the best steakhouse or clothing store in a hundred mile radius. Something about watching others around you do well instills a sense of pride in not only yourself, but in your town.
I’ve supported local businesses my entire life. Whether I was aware of it or not, most of the places my parents shopped when I was growing up were actually owned by family friends or even people in our neighborhood. As I grew up and began to realize these people I called friends actually owned these businesses, and were not just employees, instilled a sense of loyalty that has always stuck with me. Even in Austin, Texas, the “shop local” flag flies high. It’s part of the culture and community to support small businesses. It has strengthened the cities economy and created an identity for one of the fastest growing cities in the country. I don’t know about you, but when you go to Austin, you expect to eat one-of-a-kind food, drink at one-of-a-kind bars and shop at one-of-a-kind stores.
As a young adult I now own and operate my own one-of-a-kind small business in the community I was so fortunate to grow up in. With that being said, the passion I have for encouraging my generation to continue on in this tradition is one I hold near to my heart. Not because I’m now a small business owner, but because it’s crucial for the success and longevity of the communities when live in and call HOME. Where we shop, where we eat and where we decide to have fun ALL are what makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of the places we decide to live. The individuals running these businesses, young or old, are also just as important. Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity. Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the community as whole. In an effort to raise more awareness towards supporting locals, I have teamed up with two of my good friends, Randa Yezak (Owner of Southern Jewlz Boutique) and Emily Huskinson (Owner of Ring Wraps) to bring you an evening ‘Wrapped In STYLE’.
Please join us Friday, July 15th from 6pm to 9pm at locally owned business Southern Jewlz and shop the latest apparel and accessories from local brands, The KIE Kollection and Aggie Ring Wraps. It’s time to join the movement, embrace the tradition AND start living a life #WrappedInSTYLE.
THE SONG: The Docs - [Won't You Say It Glows]
THE PHOTOGRAPHER: [James Barrett]