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Shopping Small = Bigger Impact

GoLo, Yo!

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Kerry Speckman shares her unique perspective and observations on people, places and events on the First Coast and beyond. She's also the 2012 winner of Jacksonville Dancing With the Stars, so she's got that going for her.

‘Tis the season to camp out in front of “big-box stores,” get into fist fights with strangers over the last [insert product here that might get you a black eye … but you’ll save 25 bucks!] and refrain from strangling employees who don’t know anything about what they are selling—and, quite frankly, don’t care. The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way.

Buying local (or “GoLo” as its known) eliminates the mass hysteria, risk of bodily harm and apathetic employees associated with shopping at national chains. Plus, it keeps more money in Jacksonville: for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 stays in the city through payroll and taxes; the same $100, when spend at a national chain, returns only $29 to the community. Not to mention, the fact that “indie” businesses make Jacksonville a more interesting place.

We asked readers to submit their favorite local businesses, and we were so overwhelmed, we had to break the list into two part. Part one is retail stores (all busisness are located in Jacksonville unless otherwise noted).
So this year, make a commitment to turn ho-ho-ho into lo-lo-lo! And if you favorite isn't on the list, share it in the comment section.

1st Place Sports

Annabelle's, Orange Park  

Aqua East, Neptune Beach and St. Augustine Beach

The Art Center Cooperative

Ashes' Boutique, Jacksonville Beach

Avondale Artworks

Avondale Gift Boutique

Avonlea Antique Mall

Beachside, Jacksonville Beach

Bead Here Now

Beau Outfitters 

Bob Ham Eyewear

The Book Nook

The Bookmark, Neptune Beach

Boutique Unique, Neptune Beach

Carla Shoes and Accessories, Ponte Vedra Beach

Chamblin's Bookmine

Chamblin's Uptown

Charm

CoRK Arts District

Corse Gallery & Atelier

Cottage by the Seaside Shoppes, Jacksonville Beach

Cowford Traders

Design Additions

Edge City

Espling Jewelry

First Street Gallery, Neptune Beach

Frasier's Jewelers

Gottahaveit

The Green Alligator

Green Man Gourmet

The Growing Tree

House Candy 

Jane Doe

Jacksonville Running Company

King Street Studios

Krista Eberle Boutique

Linda Cunningham

Marcia's Place, Ponte Vedra Beach

Midnight Sun

MOS Home* Garden*Gifts, Jacksonville Beach

Music Matters, St. Augustine

Natural Life

Nice Music, Orange Park

Olive

One of Each, Jacksonville Beach

Phil’s Shoes

Philips Garden Store

Pineapple Post, Jacksonville Beach

Pink Nickel

Plant Place Nursery

Reddi-Arts

Red Daisy, Neptune Beach

REVE

Richardson's Jewelery

Rosie True

San Marco Bookstore

Shore Things Gifts, Atlantic Beach

Shorelines Gift Shop, Neptune Beach

Southlight Gallery

Subculture

Tact

Therapie

Three Muses Clothing

Tootsies, Ponte Vedra Beach

Venus

Violet

Violet Ray

Vue Optical Boutique

The Wardroom Ltd.

Willies for Kids

Wolfgang Clothing

The Write Touch

An Olde Time Hardware

Zencog Bicycle Shop

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