Mayor McAdams encourages residents to shop local


Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – With Black Friday in the final hours, local business owners are hoping you don’t forget about them.

After 20 years in the corporate world, Melinda Meservy decided to take a chance and fulfill her dream of owning her own business.

“It’s a botanical boutique offering plants, gifts and get togethers,” said Meservy.

A year ago, she opened up Thyme and Place on 900 South in Salt Lake City.

She says selling local products is a priority.

“In addition to being a local supplier, or a local retailer, I bring in as many locals as I can. I think it’s important to understand who is creating the things that we are using,” Meservy said.

When you spend money at Thyme and Place, and other locally owned business it has a huge impact on our economy.

“For every $100 that you spend at a locally owned business, $55 stays here in our economy, in our community,” said Kristen Lavelett with Buy Local First Utah.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is teaming up with Buy Local First Utah to launch the “Shift Your Spending” campaign.

The idea is to encourage residents to spend 10% of their holiday shopping budget at local businesses.

“You get to know local retailers, you see the unique goods that they have brought together. Some of them are locally sourced, some of them are internationally sourced, but they are unique, and distinct and not something you are going to find just anywhere,” said McAdams.

If Utahns shifted 10% of their holiday spending it would generate an estimated $108 million in December, 2017.

That would go a long way toward keeping doors open.

“It’s my livelihood,” said Meservy.

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. Local business owners say you can expect lots of great deals.

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