WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Bill Erickson, the owner of BE Shoes, and Rob Simon of Windsor Jewelers met with other local business owners about the need to educate the public on the importance of supporting local businesses. The premise is that that local businesses not only employ local citizens but they are the businesses that pay local taxes and support local charities.
Surry Telephone Membership Corporation (STMC) immediately saw the value of the campaign and signed on to lead local efforts. Melanie Senter, Marketing Manager of STMC says, “We are locally owned. We employ local people. We support local non- profit organizations in the community. We think it is important to support locally owned companies. One study shows that for every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community vs. $43 when you buy from a national chain (independentwestand.org)”.
“I shop online like a lot of people do,” Rob Simon of Windsor Jewelers said. “But it’s a very different experience when you can walk into a local shop to touch and see what you’re considering to purchase. Local retailers have knowledge and advice regarding products and services that online sources just can’t provide and local businesses support our communities and non-profits.
Nearly two dozen businesses have signed on to be part of Buy Local, but additional businesses can be added throughout the duration of the campaign.
“Businesses participating in Buy Local include:
Be Shoes: Thruway Shopping Center in Winston-Salem
Brannock and Hiatt Furniture: 420 North Main Street in Mt. Airy
Cahill & Swain: Northside Shopping Center and 380 Knollwood Drive in Winston-Salem
Carolina West Wireless: Wilkesboro, Dobson, Mt. Airy, Elkin, Pilot Mtn, Miller’s Creek and Sparta
Carpet Super Mart: 4114 Spring Garden Street in Greensboro
Casual Furniture World: 1500 Hanes Mall Boulevard in Winston-Salem
Clemmons Bicycle: 2703 Lewisville-Clemmons Road in Clemmons
Couture: 611 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem and in Kernersville
G&B Energy: Advance, Millers Creek, Elkin, Pilot Mountain and Sparta
Golding Farms Foods: Clemmons
Little Richards Barbeque: Clemmons, Mt. Airy, Walkertown and Yadkinville
McCall’s: Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem
Monkee’s: Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem
Norman Stockton: 249 South Stratford Road in Winston-Salem
Pantry Fried Chicken: High Point and Greensboro
Pfaff’s Auto Glass: 3125 Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem
Piedmont Music Center: 212 North Broad Street in Winston-Salem
Rolly’s: Thruway Shopping Center in Winston-Salem
Ski and Tennis Station: 119 South Stratford Road in Winston-Salem
Southern Home and Kitchen: Thruway Shopping Center in Winston-Salem
STMC: Dobson, Elkin, Mt. Airy, Pilot Mountain & Lexington
Windsor Jewelers: 526 South Stratford Road in Winston-Salem
Businesses in the Buy Local campaign receive a door/window decal and are being featured in a series of commercials televised on WXII. Nearly two dozen businesses have signed on to be part of Buy Local, but additional businesses can be added throughout the duration of the campaign.
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