Be Local

lo·cal
ˈlōk(ə)l/
adjective
– belonging or relating to a particular area or neighborhood, typically exclusively so.

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Local coffee shop, Iron Bank Coffee in Columbus, GA. I had one of the best caramel lattes I’ve ever had here.

Local vegetables, local fruit, local coffee.

Supporting your local merchants is important. Shopping local is valuable. Eating local makes you feel good.

Appreciate your local options. Whether it be the simple main street with abandoned store fronts, or the hip downtown that has a vibrant night life. Appreciate what your ‘local’ is.

Local coffee shops are always cuter than a chain like Starbucks. Local food is often prepared with a little (maybe a lot) more heart. Local shops usually have a warmer atmosphere. Local is more friendly, more often than not. So, why not shop, eat and drink locally?

I don’t have an answer for that question, but I know that if we were to all take part in our local community, we’d be setting ourselves up for a healthier, friendlier environment.

Local views are often quainter and cuter. There’s usually more history in a local shop. Local shops can give you the low-down on what to visit and what to avoid. I saw a photo with this quote, “When you buy from a small business, you’re not helping a CEO buy a 3rd holiday home; you’re helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy his team jersey, moms and dads put food on the table. Shop local.” I thought this was the greatest thing. Embrace the authenticity of a local store. Appreciate the kindness of a local store owner. Be local, wherever your travels take you.

Local doesn’t mean a small town in the middle of nowhere. Local can be shopping at the store with locally designed clothes,and eating at the restaurant that don’t exist anywhere else.

Here are a few pictures from Uptown Columbus, Georgia. Columbus State University is located here, it’s on the Chattahoochee river, and is an adorable town. Worth the visit!

Xoxo,
Elise Hendrickson

“She is tossed by the waves, but does not sink.”

Written in response to The Daily Post weekly photo prompt: Local

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