Your community is important to you. It is where you have made your home and where you spend time hanging out with friends, neighbors and likely family. In fact, your community is like your second family. It feels good to walk into a store and have people you know offer you a friendly smile or to ask about your children, your parents or how you are doing in general. We are social creatures and we need that sense of belonging. Small local shops are typically run by people who have lived in the community for years. They work in the community, they shop in the community and they give back to the community in a variety of ways. The people in your local hardware store know who you are and if you have been in the area for some time, they might even remember you when you were younger!
When you shop at your local hardware store, like Greenwood Hardware, that feeling of comfort and security is there. You know when you walk into the store that you are going to find somebody who knows a little something about your past projects, your skill set and how to best help you find what it is you need. When you walk into a big box store, you are just another random customer. The large stores focus on volume and see so many people on a given day it is almost impossible to keep names and faces straight, much less recognize anyone if they visit more than once. Instead of walking in and being greeted warmly, then directed to the plumbing supplies you need, in a big box store you may wander aimlessly for a few minutes, staring upwards looking for the sign to point you in the right direction. The massive aisles can be overwhelming. Where do you even begin? Is there an employee around to help you?
It isn’t just about the way you feel when you shop local. It is about what you are doing for your community! By supporting your local businesses, you are ensuring your neighbors and community members have a job. Taxes paid by your local businesses are used to make your streets better, your schools better and support your local services. Nicer looking streets and less traffic make for a more enjoyable shopping experience. Also, you can feel good taking your children into your local store – it creates a sense of community that will never be found when you traverse the long, endless aisles of the big box stores.
The next time you need a little something to take care of a job around the house, head to your local hardware store instead of driving across town to the big box store. The few cents you save isn’t worth your time or the gas you will use getting there. You can feel comfortable shopping Greenwood Hardware—your local hardware store that has been a part of the neighborhood for more than 50 years. And if you need something that’s not in stock, we can order it for you! Come on in, or contact us today.