Why pledge to shop local?

The Whittier area is a special place with special people – it always has been, and we are committed to keeping Whittier a great place to live, work, shop, and play. We will take bold and definitive steps to ensure this community is the best it can be and we will do everything we can to support our local business community and its employees.

Chamber members – current and future – are here to stay and we enthusiastically pledge to take overt steps to support the success of our community.

Do business with us today, tomorrow, and each day moving forward. Shift your spending locally. Join us. Be a part of the most significant local movement in our lifetime.

Be Loyal to Local

In a world where you can shop anywhere, shop local.

Why shopping local matters:

While the price, selection, and convenience of one-stop shopping sites are tempting, keeping your dollars in our local community is more important now than ever as we recover.

When you shop local, you help create:

  • A stronger economy
  • A closer community
  • A better place to live

Ways to Support Local

There are many ways to support our local businesses. The most direct ways to positively influence our local economy include:

Shopping Local

Now is the time to be intentional with every purchase you make. Heading out of town for work? Be sure to fill up your tank and pick up any necessities locally before you leave.

Eating Local

Whittier has an abundance of excellent dining options. As you are considering your meal plan, don’t forget to include a meal or two from area restaurants.

Spending your dollars locally is more important now than ever, but even if your budget does not allow an abundance of additional spending, there are still plenty of ways you can support our local businesses.

Get Social

As you venture back out into our community, post, Tweet or Instagram about a new local find, a cute dress you saw in a boutique’s window or the great customer service you had getting your hair cut. This will remind your friends of the many great places to shop and dine in our area.

Start an Affordable Ritual

There’s something beautiful and comforting about routine. Now is a great time to start an affordable weekly or monthly ritual. Gift yourself a Monday morning caffeine boost or an end of the week treat by stopping into your favorite happy hour spot after work with friends. Set a monthly date night or allow your child to buy a special treat once a month from the yogurt shop on the last Friday of every month. The options are endless!

Leave a Review

When you are looking up a new restaurant to visit, what is the first thing you check? The reviews, of course! Leaving positive reviews about local businesses is one of the easiest and most impactful ways to affordably support our business community.

Recognize Small Purchases Make a Big Difference

There’s an African Proverb that reads, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.” This rings true when it comes to supporting local – every purchase, no matter how small, makes a big difference.

By supporting our local businesses you are making an investment in the success of our community. Don’t let the opportunity to make your community better pass you by.

Join us as we Reclaim Whittier

I pledge to:

I will act in accordance with the Governor’s orders and those of the County Health Department.

I will seek out new ways to support Whittier’s economy.

I will shift my spending locally today, tomorrow, and each day moving forward to support the success of my community.

In the next 24 hours, I will encourage one family member or friend to take the #WhittierStrong pledge.

Goal: Recover the Whittier area economy to not only survive the COVID-19 crisis but thrive as a result of it.