The DMVNXS Online Marketplace is launching “Shop Local DMV,” a social movement with the goal of supporting and strengthening local businesses, many of which are still struggling in the post-COVID-19 pandemic and holiday seasons. Encouraging people to keep their dollars local is important to the community for a variety of reasons. It can be incredibly meaningful to a small, family-owned business that is still feeling the effects of a post-COVID economy. Shopping local during the holiday seasons is more important than ever!
The Shop Local DMV movement is centered around the DMVNXS Online Marketplace, which features a number of locally-owned, locally-operated businesses. By visiting the online marketplace, people can see what local businesses offer, where they’re located, and more. Visitors can browse a wide variety of categories to find exactly what they’re looking for, whether it’s a cup of coffee, a holiday gift made by local artisans, a trendy clothing boutique, or a place to get a haircut. By searching the website, locals and visitors alike can find what they need while also getting opportunities to support a local small business.
Shopping local for goods and services has a plethora of positive effects that often extend further than you might think. When you pay a local shop, the money received is likely to go right back into the community, strengthening the community and offering new opportunities to residents. Local business owners hire local residents, purchase locally-produced inventory, and give back to the community much more than the average national chain or big box store.
If you have questions while you’re shopping, a local business owner is likely to have specialized knowledge that can help you find exactly what you are looking for. You can develop a relationship with local businesses in a way that is difficult to do with many larger chains and stores. Plus, locally-owned and locally-operated businesses frequently offer wider product diversity with a unique, personalized selection of goods for you to choose from.
Last but not least, shopping local can have an incredible impact on the environment. It can cut down on the energy and fossil fuel emissions that are used to ship products to larger stores or straight to your door. Many local businesses make a conscious choice to source supplies and/or inventory from other local businesses. It can cut down on wasted resources because small local businesses tend to be conscientious about their environmental and community impact.
DMVNXS encourages local DC, Maryland, and Virginia businesses to add their business information to the Online Marketplace by visiting dmvnxs.com/advertise. By building an extensive and varied directory of local businesses across all categories, DMVNXS can fulfill its mission to strengthen the community by encouraging people to shop local.
Fuel the local economy and support the unique culture that the DMV area has to offer. Discover one-of-a-kind local businesses, and learn more about the benefits of shopping local at dmvnxs.com/shoplocaldmv.