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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 from?
  3. 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.
  4. Local businesses don’t run themselves. They need employees. By shopping local, you are helping create a stronger workforce.
  5. 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 another town’s?
  6. 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 benefits everyone.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!