7 Surprising Things That Can Happen When You Shop Local

There is a case for getting out and exploring your world.

Sure, for every $100 you spend locally, nearly $70 goes back into your community, keeping it vibrant, energized and well, a great place to live.

However, even better than that are the benefits you get socially from buying from your nearby boutiques and bars.  It turns out, that getting out and getting to know your neck of the woods also has social and emotional benefits that go beyond the feel good for supporting small businesses.

Here are 7 surprising possibilities that can happen to you when you leave your digs to venture out in your hood.

1. You’re so chill after a Hatha Flow & Restore sesh that you can actually socialize and you suddenly meet your next lifelong buddy over a post-class swig of free chai at Yoga Tree in Hayes Valley.

2. You start chatting it up with your biggest client ever while waiting in line for a cup of Contraband Coffee and a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich at The Fueling Station on Polk.

3. You get a much better deal (and an actual shopping bag) than going to Ikea. Adding some bling to your new digs? Check out Belle Cose, a carefully curated boutique with new and vintage treasures.

4. You upgrade your style quotient 100% with a hand-stitched bomber jacket at Marmalade Boutique in Cow Hollow and a set of sexy gold flatware for your new kitchen at Black & Gold in the Mission.

5. You discover your home away from home, nostalgia and comfort food included and rediscover the aromatic spirit of Fernet at Palmers in the Fillmore district.

6. You’re inspired to experiment more in the kitchen after a taste through Vegan Picnic, a fresh, modern, fun plant-based deli and market in off Union Street.

7. You release a soulful sound to envy Julie Byrne, Spotify’s 2017 indie female vocalist of the year. Croon on young lass, every Thursday’s from 9 pm to 1 am at Karaoke Night at Blue Light in the Marina District.

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