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Five Rewarding Reasons to Shop Local in #DowntownCG

Whether you’re shopping, dining, or relaxing, you can feel good about spending your time in #DowntownCG! We’ve put together 5 rewarding reasons why you should #ShopLocal in Downtown Cape:

1. You’ll Receive a Personal Touch

Many of the small businesses that find their homes in Downtown Cape are owned and operated by people who have taken the risk to invest in themselves and in the community. Because they have a deep passion for what they do, they’re more likely to go the extra mile for you when it comes to your purchases and experiences in their businesses. From custom gift wrapping to a simple friendly conversation, shopping local will leave you feeling taken care of and important. Come make a new friend by shopping small!

2. Fewer Crowds = Fewer Headaches

Many of our downtown shops, restaurants, and businesses cater to niche audiences, meaning there will be smaller crowds for you to get through. This means the employees or owners will have more time and attention to devote to you and your experience. As a result, you’ll have the ability to learn more about the businesses and products they offer. Shorter lines are another plus and can help keep you stress-free!

3. Creates More Jobs in the Community

From an economic standpoint, shopping local in Downtown Cape helps our community thrive by creating more jobs. In fact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses have accounted for more than 65% of new jobs since the 1970s! The more you shop and dine downtown the better off the businesses are and the more people are employed including your friends, children, neighbors, and more.

4. Unique and Exclusive

Everybody wants to be unique, and shopping local can help you get there! Big box and chain stores mass produce items in order to be cost-efficient and appeal to a large audience, oftentimes at the risk of becoming too main stream. By shopping local, you’ll have the opportunity to find exclusive items that will help you find your unique style and stand out from the crowd!

5. Puts Your Taxes to Good Use

Finally, shopping local helps the community flourish by putting your taxes right back into the revitalization of Downtown Cape Girardeau. In 2015, the Downtown Cape Girardeau Community Improvement District was formed and began collecting a ½ cent sales tax from downtown businesses. This tax is then used to facilitate safety, beautify downtown, promote the community as a whole, and more! You can shop and dine easy knowing that your taxes are going toward the great cause of making #DowntownCG a great place to live, work, and play.

Learn more about the Downtown Cape Girardeau CID on our website at downtowncapegirardeau.com/community-improvement-district.

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