The rise of shopping local is not a trend. At its core, it is an issue of community. It is about what a community needs and what a community does not realize it needs.

Check out this great article about the rise of local markets in Chicago. Shopping local doesn’t necessarily just mean purchasing from a neighborhood store–it’s a way of supporting the community and lowering the costs and environmental impact of purchasing an item from across the country or the globe.

“It is a mutually-beneficial experience. More than just faceless transactions, it is a way for customers to know more about the things they buy and business owners to know more about the people that want to buy their goods.”