"Buy Local First" Campaign Kicks Off

"Buy Local First" Campaign Kicks Off

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Richard Piatt ReportingMore than 300 Salt Lake area business owners want you to think twice before you go shopping. They're part of a group urging Utahns to buy from local businesses.

Locally owned restaurants, a bookstore, a pet store, and more. This week the owners, your neighbors, are urging you to spend money there and not at chain stores.

"Buy Local First" Campaign Kicks Off

For most people the package isn't familiar. Neither is the name. Even the flavors are unique to this small Utah business. And for one ice cream fan, that's a good thing. Spotted Dog Creamery's headquarters kicks off a "Buy Local First' to get Utahns to spend their money on local products and businesses.

John Winders, Spotted Dog Creamery: "My product is made with all natural ingredients, it supports local farmers. It just makes sense."

Quality is one thing. Quality of life is another. Near the '15th and 15th neighborhood in Sugar House home prices are soaring. The reason, some say, is the proximity to a stretch of shops, a community. The King's English bookstore is an example of a community magnet.

Betsy Burton, King's English Bookstore: "It is the locally owned businesses that make the community rich and unique and textured, as opposed to cities where locally owned businesses have disappeared, you could be anywhere."

We all know there is more pressure than ever to buy at chain stores, but your neighborhood business owner is asking you to think twice about the price you're really paying where you shop.

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