Where do women like to shop? Their favorites, in order, are:
Hobby/craft supplie stores
Why do women shop locally? Other than price, these were the top five reasons we heard:
Fun to browse (40 %)
To support small-business owners (34%)
Customer service (29%)
Unique or specialty products (25%)
And if you’re not shopping independent stores because you’re afraid you’ll pay more, just go for it! Local stores don’t necessarily charge more than big chains, and we have 7 smart tips to help you save:
- Become a regular. When store owners get to know you, you could get perks like discounts,
special order, even a heads-up when an item you might like comes in.
- Ask for a better price. Unlike managers at many chain stores, local shopkeepers are usually easy to find and willing to deal with you. a local sewing-machine shop offered one of our staffers an extra 15 percent off a floor model.
- Get advice before you buy. Small businesses rely on repeat business, so they want to make sure
you get exactly what you need.
- Like local businesses on Facebook. It’s a great way to find out about special sales and
- Check in on Foursquare. For example, Latteland in Kansas City, Missouri, gives you 20 percent
off drinks if you check in.
- Don’t be shy about using coupons. It’s not just big chains that advertise in local newspapers.
Grab other offers at Valpak’s app and website.
- Remember your local franchises too. Ace Hardware, GNC, Petland, and Radio Shack are
national brands, but they’re locally owned. And though the local store owners have to pay
franchise fees, they have more flexibility than nationally owned chanins when it comes to pricing and service.
What’s your favorite Mom & Pop shop?