Made in the USA
Over the past decade the furniture industry has undergone a quiet but revolutionary change. More and more furniture is being made in Eastern Asia, especially China. With even the most historical brands moving their factories to China it has become increasingly difficult to find American sources. We have responded by seeking out small American shops that share our commitment to quality and sustainability. Over 90% of the furniture in our showroom is made in America. Not only can you feel good about where your furniture is produced but you will enjoy the many options available when your furniture does not arrive by shipping container.
The following are just some of the great reasons we all benefit from buying locally and domestically made products.
• Prosperity: Of every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 goes back into the local economy. Only $13 of every $100 spent at a chain store stays in the community.
• Stability: Local ownership minimizes the chance that a company or business will pull up stakes and move to another town.
• Flexibility: Local business owners are generally more available to their customers and more interested in developing personal relationships, value feedback and accommodate customers’ requests.
• Diversity: Local businesses help a community retain its unique character.
• Sustainability: Spending money at a locally owned business decreases transportation costs, reduces the use of underpaid labor and rewards those who are not outsourcing jobs.
• Buy Local -- Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
• Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
• Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit. “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust
• Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
• Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
• Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
• Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
• Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
• Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
• Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.