When it comes to shopping, Denver likes the local scene.  According to the website YELP, Denver ranks #3 in the nation for shopping at local and small businesses.

When asked about how the study was conducted, YELP answers, “We created a gifting score for each city by looking at positive reviews mentioning the word “gift” written by locals for non-chain businesses in specific shopping categories that are popular for the holidays.  We then ranked the resulting cities based on the gifting score.”

The study showed that 64% of Americans will likely shop at a locally owned business for their holiday needs and will spend an average of $324.00 per visit.  This is up from $258.00 during the 2015 holiday season.  According to FORBES, small businesses account for 54% of businesses in the United States.  Small businesses provide benefits to consumers and their community that are difficult for big box stores.  For instance, in person and immediate customer service, reinvest money into the local community and access to the owners and experts. Shopping at a small locally owned business also supports the local economy by providing local jobs and tax revenue.

The top 5 cities that support small businesses are:

  1.  San Diego, California
  2. Austin, Texas
  3. Denver, Colorado
  4. Reno,  Nevada
  5. Seattle, Washington

The City of Arvada, a city west of Denver heavily promotes Small Business Saturday, a national holiday that celebrates and encourages people to shop at American’s small businesses versus big box stores.  Located along Old Wadsworth Blvd,  Olde Town Arvada provides a unique shopping experience to residents and visitors.  With boutiques and one of a kind stores that offer designer goods and locally owned restaurants, consumers are welcomed with opened arms and treated like family.

Olde Town Pickin Parlor – Arvada, Co

For more information, click here to view the Denver Business Journal, Denver is ranked No. 3 in US for shopping local.