Learn about Independent Retailer Month
Big Box stores like Walmart and Target are certainly convenient, offering so much of the things we need in one place, and the prices they offer can’t be beat. However, there is a section of our local commerce that brings us a local flavor, a taste of home, and makes sure that your purchases really support your local community. Independent Retailers are our neighbors, friends, and family, whether they’re running the corner store providing gas to keep us on the move, or local craftsman who bring us the best in cheeses and handcrafted furniture, Independent Retailer Month reminds you to help support them to support your community.
History of Independent Retailer Month
Independent Retailer Month was established by Clare Rayner, known throughout the world as “The Retail Champion” to help get local communities working with their local retailers to help keep local money local. There’s been a lot of loss of culture and community throughout the years as big box companies move in and start driving the smaller companies out of business. Without being able to deal in the sheer variety of products and services, and to purchase in the sheer quantities they do and thus getting better prices, the independent retailers are in a significant amount of trouble.
The only way for them to survive is with the support of their community, and the loyalty of these people to their local businesses. Since the creation of Independent Retailer Month, millions of dollar in revenue have been returned to local businesses as people start shopping locally and discovering the hometown feel you get from shopping with your friends and neighbors. Independent Retailer Month is your opportunity to get in and support your local community, the dream of small business is still alive and well, even with big box stores trying to squash it out of existence.
Online shopping can be bad for your feet
(NC) Online shopping is soaring in popularity in Canada as more and more of us discover the convenience of having our purchases delivered directly to our door. However, when it comes to footwear, foot experts say you need to approach online shopping with caution. “To be effective and comfortable, footwear needs to fit properly,” explains Anthony Harper, a Canadian certified pedorthist and president of the Pedorthic Association of Canada. “Ill-fitting shoes can cause numerous problems including bunions, hammertoes, blisters and ulcerations as well as balance issues. Only a professional shoefitter who is able to see and measure your foot can accurately recommend the most appropriate type and size of footwear for you.”
Although some online retailers provide a sizing guide, Harper says these guides tend to be very general and can vary greatly from one shoe company to another. Evaluating how one manufacturer fits compared to another is valuable when choosing the right shoe. As dealing with returns is a nuisance and timeconsuming, some shoppers keep the footwear even when it doesn’t fit properly, causing them to squeeze into shoes that are too tight or use insoles or thick socks to improve the fit of shoes that are too large.
“If shoes don’t fit comfortably, you shouldn’t wear them,” warns Harper. “In my clinic, I’ve seen many patients who are dealing with painful conditions that have been caused or exacerbated by inappropriate or ill-fitting footwear. Although we are usually able to help ease their pain, in some cases the pain could have been avoided entirely.”
When it comes to footwear, he advises saving online shopping for shoes you’ve already had success with and would like to order another pair. For your everyday needs, visit a local shoe retailer in your community and have your feet properly measured. If you are experiencing ongoing foot pain, he recommends consulting with a Canadian certified pedorthist.
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