We have a lot to be thankful for here at Gazelle Sports. We’re thankful for our co-workers, who we’re lucky enough to count as friends. We’re thankful for our mission to bring movement across the Mitten, which allows us to help others live a healthy lifestyle. And we’re thankful for you, the community that supports us and allows our business to thrive.
When you’re done with your Thanksgiving feast and you’ve had a good night’s sleep fueled by tryptophan and too much pie, and you’re up on Friday and considering your shopping options, we hope you’ll take a moment and contemplate this:
Small, local businesses like Gazelle Sports are where it’s at! We strongly believe (and we’ve got the data to back this up!) that small businesses are essential for healthy, vibrant local communities. When you shop small this weekend and every day, you help keep money filtering through the local economy, helping our community thrive.
Did you know that for every $100 spent at a local small business, $68 returns to the community? Compare that to the less than $14 that would return if you were shopping at a chain store.
And according to the Small Business Administration, since 1995, small business have generated 66% of all new jobs in the U.S. Small businesses also give on average 250% more support to non-profit organizations than their big box counterparts.
If those pretty compelling numbers won’t convince you to shop small, how about this: small local businesses can often provide the same access to product but with at least one added benefit – superior customer service.
Gazelle Sports is committed to providing you with the best possible service and care. Our single goal when you walk through our doors is to provide you with an exemplary experience.
This holiday, and every day, remember to shop locally. In a world of big box sameness, small business are a breath of fresh air. They are the place where people know your name, work to help you and truly care about you. They are what makes a community strong and unique. They make it home.