Shop Local

When looking to buy new clothes, shoes or find that perfect gift for someone, it’s tempting to go to the big-name retailers.  You’ve probably shopped at their stores all your life and are familiar and confident in their products.  However, shopping the big-names isn’t always best for your local community and economy.

There are many reasons to shop locally. Whether it’s a restaurant, boutique, or other shopping places, shopping locally has many benefits. One of those reasons is the positive impact that it has on your local economy.

Support the local economy

When a customer decides to shop locally and not a chain store, more than half of each dollar spent at the local store goes towards the community. This a huge difference than the roughly one-third of the dollar that is spent at a chain store.  This alone will help boost your local economy significantly.  Also, local stores create jobs for people. (Pictured: right, clothes from Charming Oaks courtesy of Google Images).

Better Customer Service

If you’ve ever dealt with a large corporation you’re probably familiar with how frustrating it can be to receive help. You call their 1-800 number only to be put on hold for minutes at a time. Even when you finally get to speak to someone, they are so far removed from the situation they are usually not much help.

When you shop local and come across the issue, most of the time you get to speak to the owner or manager of the store right away. There are no hold lines or waiting. Most of the time the owner is directly connected to every employee in the store. This makes for a much more personal experience.

Local businesses know what you want

When you walk into a local business, there’s a good chance they employees and maybe even the owner will know you by name. Local business owners are more aware of what people are buying in the community.  They can recommend items for you on a more personal level because they truly know what you are looking for.

Keeps your community unique

When you have local shops that can only be found in your community, your town becomes more of a destination for people. Customers will have to drive to your town to get the clothing or gift items from that local store. This helps boost tourism which in turn helps the community overall. (Pictured: right, a local store in Auburn courtestyof google images).

Shopping local has many benefits. Auburn has some of the best local boutique and shops. Be sure to check them out next time you go shopping rather than going to the big-name store!

 

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5 Auburn Restaurants You Must Eat At

You’re walking around downtown Auburn and see all the shops and restaurants that it has to offer.  It’s lunchtime and you could go to a familiar restaurant such a 5 Guys or Jimmy John’s, or you could go to a restaurant that is unique to Auburn.

Auburn has some of the best local restaurants around. They are truly unique to Auburn and are traditions among the students, alumni, and fans.  Here is a list of the 5 of those restaurants you must eat at while attending Auburn or just simply visiting.

Toomer’s Drugs

It simply wouldn’t be Auburn without Toomer’s Drugs. This small restaurant on the corner of Magnolia Avenue and College Street has been an Auburn tradition since 1896.  They’re known for their famous lemonade that is freshly squeezed.  They also serve food and have a wide range of souvenirs to choose from.  Grab a lemonade and head across the street to roll the corner after an Auburn win! (Pictured: Right, Toomer’s Drugs, Courtesy of Google Images).

Momma Goldberg’s Deli

You can miss this Auburn famous restaurant. The original location opened in 1976 on the corner of Donahue Drive and Magnolia Avenue and still operates today.  Their casual menu features soups, sandwiches, wraps, and nachos.

Niffer’s Place

Looking for a good hamburger? Look no further than Niffer’s Place located 5 minutes from downtown Auburn on Opelika Road! This fun restaurant has been an Auburn favorite for 20 years. They’re known for their burgers but also serve a wide variety of menu items. (Pictured: left, a burger at Niffer’s courtesy of Google images).

 

 

 

 

Momma Mocha’s

Need a caffeine fix? Skip the local Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts and head over to Momma Mocha’s on Gay Street! This hip coffee shop is the perfect place to get coffee and sit back and study or socialize with friends!  The coffee shop also hosts events and live music on certain nights.

Cheeburger Cheeburger

Want a retro burger experience? Cheeburger Cheeburger is the place to go! Located in the heart of downtown Auburn on College Street, this 50’s style restaurant will send you back in time. Enjoy a classic burger or get a shake of any flavor you wish!