“I am closely associated with two Local First member businesses; working as Public Relations manager for Integrated Architecture and the owner of Sitting Pretty Chair Covers. A robust, healthy West Michigan economy benefits both. While I can’t control the ups and downs of the economy, I can control where I shop. Our community is filled with unique shops and restaurants offering treasures from craft beer to handcrafted art. By shopping local first I’m not giving up anything. Instead I am adding to the fabric of West Michigan by supporting businesses owned by my friends and neighbors. And, I know that the unique gifts I buy will be cherished for years to come. In addition, I’m giving the environment a sustainable gift. Instead of traveling in from around the world, my local purchases, more often than not, travel just a few miles. We all know that the best gifts come from the heart, which is something West Michigan has in abundance.”
Trisha was photographed at Heather Lane Pottery.
More money stays in West Michigan when consumers choose locally owned and independent businesses.1,600
Shift $1 in $10 towards local businesses and help create 1,600 jobs in Kent county alone.$1
Shift $1 in $10 towards local businesses and you could help create $140 Million in new economic impact350%
On average, local businesses donate 350% more than national & global businesses