Shop Small in Willow Park This Holiday Season

Today, online shopping is the norm, and people often line up for hours on Black Friday to get the best deals. In the hustle and bustle of the season, we often overlook the smaller, locally-owned businesses that heavily rely on the support of the community to survive. The Shops at Willow Park is home to many of these small businesses, so as we enter the holiday season, we hope you will consider shopping with us. Here’s what shopping small does:

It contributes to a vibrant local economy.

When you shop at small businesses like Carys Lane or Lone Star Dry Goods, you’re not just getting great products, you’re also making a positive impact on your community. How?

A portion of the taxes you pay goes directly to the city and county, which helps fund vital services such as schools and emergency services. This means that not only are you getting high-quality goods, but you’re also contributing to the well-being of your community. But the benefits don’t stop there!

When you support local businesses, you’re also helping the local economy by creating jobs for residents. This is because small businesses are often the backbone of many communities, and they rely on support from their local customers to keep growing and thriving. So, not only do you get the satisfaction of knowing that your purchases are supporting your community, but you’re also helping to create a cycle of continued economic growth and development. It’s a small action that can make a big impact, and it all starts with a simple decision to shop local!

Shop small at Carys Lane Boutique in The Shops at Willow Park
The owners of Carys Lane Boutique in The Shops at Willow Park

It offers a quality shopping experience. 

Know when you shop at The Shops at Willow Park, you’re not just another transaction. Local store owners and employees value each and every customer as they are the backbone of their business. They take pride in ensuring that their customers have a delightful experience while visiting their store. From providing hands-on assistance to hosting in-store events, our store owners aim to build strong relationships with their customers and are dedicated to going the extra mile to ensure their utmost satisfaction.

Joel Rhodes, manager at Lone Star Dry Goods, highlights these benefits: “No sales. But we offer no long lines, no headaches, and no hassle.”

The manager at Lone Star Dry Goods in The Shops at Willow Park
Shop small at Lone Star Dry Goods in The Shops at Willow Park

It makes you feel good.

Who doesn’t feel good watching their neighbor succeed? By supporting small businesses and shopping locally, you are helping real people in your community who have poured their hearts, passion, and talent into their businesses. 

Alex Deapen, owner of Cafe 23:5, has had a dream to open her own coffee shop since she was 12 years old. In 2017, she opened her doors right in the heart of Willow Park North. You can taste the love in every cup of coffee made.

So, let’s make a conscious effort to support local small businesses this season and feel good about the positive impact we can have on our community. Whether you dine in, shop in-store, pick up a gift card, or use a service—we hope you will visit some of these small businesses at The Shops at Willow Park. Check out our directory for a complete list of all the businesses ready to welcome you.

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