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MANY AMERICANS FREQUENT CHAIN STORES WITHOUT CONSIDERING THEIR LOCAL MERCHANT OR OTHER SMALL BUSINESS OPTIONS. BUT SHOPPING LOCAL CAN BE A REWARDING, FUN, EVEN COST-EFFECTIVE WAY TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND FIND GREAT QUALITY ITEMS.

BY MICHELE CHIAPPETTA

Ever heard the expression, “Hitting too close to home?” Well, there’s no such thing as hitting too close to home when it comes to supporting local businesses. Making it a point to shop and eat at Green Country’s many locally-owned small businesses and restaurants isn’t just convenient. It’s actually a great way to support the local economy, develop Tulsa-area artists, have unique fun, and yes, even save money. Still, getting past the misconceptions people have about shopping local can be challenging. Many people expect to find the

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cheapest deals and best quality at big box stores or national chain restaurants. There’s definitely an advantage in name recognition. After all, if you haven’t heard of Walmart or McDonalds, you might need to join the 21st century. But local shops have a lot of ways that they can outshine the big boys and keep you coming back for some of the best service, quality, fun and variety around. Here are several reasons why thinking small and shopping local might just be your next big thing to do in Green Country this year.

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February 2017 (Vol. 31, No. 2)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 For over 30 years, Preview has been the best resource for dis...