We returned to Altadena, CA to film the interview with Scott and Lori Webster, owners of Hoopla Emporium. We love their business model of Buy Local, because not only does this help local artisans to thrive and money to stay within the community, you’re also able to find unique items you wouldn’t find elsewhere. A high percentage of the products in their store are from local artisans.
Simply put, to buy local means purchasing what you can from independent, locally- owned businesses. Studies have shown purchasing locally keeps more money flowing in the community–Purchases made locally are twice as efficient in terms of keeping the local economy alive.
An article in New Economics Foundation (NEF), from researcher David Boyle:
Indeed, many local economies are languishing not because too little cash comes in, but as a result of
what happens to that money. Money is like blood. It needs to keep moving around to keep the economy going, he
says, noting that when money is spent elsewhere—at big supermarkets, non-locally owned utilities and other
services such as on-line retailers—it flows out, like a wound.
And Scott and Lori are just all-around nice people to know.
While there, I picked up this get-well card for… my daughter’s cat. Well…he was ill. And add to that– the cat in the picture looks like him.