How about a ‘Local Small Businesses Support Their Local Community Day’?

by on November 30, 2010 · 8 comments

in Culture, Economy, Ocean Beach

by Sarah Little

Shop local? Support Your Local Small Business Day?

How about a ‘Local Small Businesses Support Their Local Community Day’?

It’s not that I’m anti-small business. I’m not. I whole-heartedly support small, local businesses. Heck, that is one of the reasons I love Ocean Beach. We are a community that strives to keep the bigger corporations at bay as much as possible, and that’s great! We lend our support (and our dollars) to what seems to be small, mom and pop stores and shops on Newport and we protest the presence of the offensive corporate giants such as Starbucks and Wings.

Last holiday season I made a point of walking the shops on Newport and taking a good look at the merchandise. Many of the stores had “buy local” signs and stressed the fact that money spent locally returns to the community via payroll, taxes, etc.

Now, I don’t doubt that at all. I know the people that work in the stores on Newport, I am glad they have jobs! I don’t deny the importance of shopping locally and trying to support our neighbors.

I am going to ask that the small business owners amongst us take it one step further.

Look at your inventory. What neighborhood are YOU supporting? Where are you shopping for your goods? How much of your inventory was bought “locally”? In the case of stocking a store, I’ll give you our whole country to call “local”. Do you stock anything that is made in the USA?. Is there a single thing in your store that was purchased on North America?

All I ask is that if you’re a small business owner and you want to post a sign that encourages me to “shop local” then please at least take a moment to think about where “local” starts and stops. You have a responsibility to take the next step.


OBCentric on Santa Monica Avenue. (Photo by Jon Carr.)


In the interest of giving credit where I know it’s due:

  • Jungle Java supports local artists and craftsmen. They also sell imported crafts and doo-dads, but there are many choices of locally made gifts that you won’t see in other shops.
  • OBCentric is all about local crafts and products!
  • Pinetree Road is a local shop and though she makes a lot of her stuff, I think she also buys from other small crafters.

I’m sure there are more. Does anyone else have a local shop to add to this list?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Patty Jones November 30, 2010 at 2:19 pm

How about our own Gary Gilmore Goldsmith!


avatar Sarah November 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Yikes! I shouldn’t have left him out. Sorry, Gary!

I’m sure there are more and I hope nobody takes offense to being left off the list.


avatar Gary Gilmore November 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Phwew! I was beginning to feel left out. I’m glad you remembered me! Let me mention Kelly Patri at Bone Appetit. Also, Graig Gerwig at the Antique Center. That guy is one of those quiet, behind the scenes types. He’d do anything for this community.


avatar annagrace November 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Gary- we could never leave you off the OB businesses we love list. I’ll never forget you hacking open the fence to the Sea World parking lot before 7:00 am the day of the OBStreet fair. That is commitment! Giving back to the community is one thing- doing it before 7:00 am puts you in a very special category!


avatar Gary Gilmore November 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Geez Anna, you call it commitment. I thought it was vandalism. Oh well, it got the job done.


avatar annagrace December 1, 2010 at 7:48 am

I thought it was a tradition Gary. Don’t you haul out the official lock cutters every year?


avatar Gary Gilmore December 1, 2010 at 8:32 am

That’s one of those stories best left untold.


avatar annagrace December 1, 2010 at 9:22 am

Mum’s the word :)


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