Hyde Jackson Square Main Street, like other Main Streets organizations in Boston and 1,100 similar ones across the country, strive to make our business district colorful, active, participatory, and economically strong by harnessing the power and commitment of volunteers in our community. No other organization does what we do in Hyde & Jackson Squares to improve our economy this way.
Being our strongest assets in the business district, locally-owned small businesses are important to our community because:
1) Money spent in local businesses circulate locally and do so many more times than money spent in national and online retailers.
2) Merchants and their employees are the caretakers of the sidewalk space in front of, and near to, their businesses. They are critical eyes and ears of our community.
3) Small store-front businesses are a great source of jobs for people in the community.
5) Knowing our merchants and merchants knowing us foster relationships and strengthen the fabric of our community that lead to success and resiliency.
6) Locally owned retailers and restaurants make our community unique from other ones.
7) Shopping in a local store is better for the environment than traveling to another location or receiving personalized delivery.
8) Purchasing goods in local businesses is a great investment in our community and in entrepreneurship.
Imagine the void in Hyde & Jackson Squares without our store-front, micro-enterprises along Centre Street. Although you may be able to find products cheaper by shopping online, do these businesses contribute to your community the way that our local businesses do?
Celebrate our local businesses on November 24, meet a merchant, strike up a conversation, and continue to support them throughout the year. We hope that you have a safe, fun, and relaxing Thanksgiving.