$100 spent at a local, independent bookstore circulated $45 through the Austin, Texas, economy, whereas the same money spent at a national, chain bookseller circulated just $13, according to a study by Civic Economics for Liveable City Austin Independent Business Alliance.
At Bohemia artisans' emporium in Tucson, Arizona, recycled-material Plushies by Jess Skriner for Samaria Project are among the housewares, clothing, art and jewelry offered.
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In Austin, Texas, community bookstore BookPeople offers book clubs, podcasts, speakers, children's summer camps and more.
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In Pittsburgh, locally owned business Equita sells unique apparel, body care, home decor and specialty foods made by fair-trade cooperatives and family farms.
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Eating locally also means eating diverse foods. Zazu's menu changes daily based on what's fresh.
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In Minneapolis, I Like You boutique showcases handmade art and greeting cards.
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