Shop Pierre First
Several years ago the chamber began a Shop Pierre First campaign to
encourage local residents to give our retailers their first chance at
business. Our historic downtown and the Pierre Mall offer both name brand
stores as well as a variety of unique shopping opportunities.
While our local businesses might not be able to satisfy every need, many
are willing to add items or make a special order. Don’t just assume it’s not
here—shop around and ask if you can’t find what you are looking for.
Here are a few good reasons to Shop Pierre 1st:
- Business owners are your neighbors, friends and family.
They are working just as hard as you to make a living. Since most live
and shop in town, they are paying twice—on business and home properties
which help keep the tax base lower.
- Nearly every day our local retailers are asked to contribute
to a cause. The more support they have from you, the more they
are able to donate to the fundraiser, benefit or booster club. Take a
look around at the next silent auction. Where are those prizes coming
- When you buy local, your sales tax dollars are helping the
city provide the good and services taxpayers expect. When you
shop out of town, you are helping that community pay their bills.
Spending locally instead of online ensures your sales taxes are
reinvested right where they belong—right here in Pierre and Fort Pierre.
- Local businesses don’t run themselves. They need
employees. By shopping local, you are helping create a stronger
- Without our local businesses boosting our economy, we
wouldn’t have a “local” to talk about. Our shops give us our
own character. You don’t want your house to look exactly like your
neighbors, why would we want our shopping district to look just like
- Good business means more business. The better our
local businesses do, the more likely another new business will be
interested in starting. The more interesting and unique we are as a
community, the more we will attract new visitors and guests. This
- Shopping locally saves you money. If you add the
receipts for the gas you use and include the cost of your hourly wage
for your time spent on the road, you’d find you actually safe money (and
your valuable time) by buying locally.
- Customer service is a big deal. Since most of us
know the local business owners, they treat us like friends rather than
customers. Most local business owners take pride in knowing how to serve
- You can be green by spreading the green! Shopping
local is good for the environment. Buying from a local business uses
less gas than driving out of town and reduces the amount of exhaust
produced by vehicles.
- By shopping locally, you are choosing to invest in
entrepreneurship. Many people dream of owning their own
business. Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy
is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.
Pierre Pride Dollars help boost the local economy. They come in
denominations of $5, $10 and $20 and can be used at any Pierre or Fort
Pierre Business. Buy your Pierre Pride Dollars at the chamber today!