Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Director Lori Wemhoff shares some interesting info about shopping local in today's celebrating one-year feature.
With a $110 million project to revitalize downtown Kent, comes an exceptional opportunity to expand the business community. Wemhoff says this new resource gives residents a chance to support local businesses, in turn supporting the local economy.
Did you know $68 of $100 stays in Kent when shopping local? Take a look some other information provided by the Wemhoff and the chamber:
Q) Why is it so important to shop local and what types of shops, services does Hudson have to offer?
A) The benefits of a revitalized downtown are many, including an enhanced marketplace with more opportunity to shop local. EAT LOCAL…SHOP LOCAL is a mantra of the Chamber. We encourage people to spend their money locally, helping our friends and neighbors who own and operate the businesses that call Kent home. There’s a renewed sense of pride and hometown community, preservation of architecture and human history; increased property values, number of jobs, and tourism; and an overall healthier local economic base and quality of life.
For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing stays here.
A vibrant downtown makes a positive statement about the Kent community as a whole and provides a point of focus and stability. It serves as an anchor that holds the community together and provides opportunity for sustainable economic growth for this generation and generations to come.
What’s really encouraging is the mix of businesses resulting from the downtown revitalization. Numerous retail spaces, restaurants and residential living spaces are included. Downtown Kent is becoming a destination point with its rich history, natural beauty and eclectic mix of commerce, entertainment and cultural expression that sets Kent apart from the rest. And it’s not only locals, but visitors from all over. They’re coming downtown to see what all the fuss is about, shopping in our stores and eating at our restaurants. What’s even better than that is they’re coming back AND bringing friends with them.
Q) What's the best-kept secret in Kent?
A) The historic business district that is attracting new businesses and as a result, more people to come to downtown Kent and check it out. We’ve got Kent State University, the Cuyahoga River, music festivals in the spring through the summer, the Kent Heritage Festival that brings close to 25,000 people to downtown Kent for a one-day, community events…the list goes on and on…There is so much to see and do in the Kent area, that we invite people to come and check it out for themselves.