Doane University students support local businesses in Crete not only by working at local businesses but also by eating, shopping and or spreading the word about that business.
Sophomore Jesse Coble said her favorite part about local businesses is the atmosphere.
“When you walk in you feel a sense of welcome, the people are approachable. As well as you know that you are going to get what you pay for, and the people are going to ensure that you like your product that you got and make sure that you want to come back.”
“When you walk in you feel a sense of welcome, the people are approachable.
As well as you know that you are going to get what you pay for, and the people are going to ensure that you like your product that you got and make sure that you want to come back.”
When asked what Coble likes the most about working at Artisan Mark she said the interactions with customers and when they come in to just sit down, chat and enjoy a cup of coffee.
“I enjoy getting to know them on a personal level, and knowing what background they come from and what brings them into the shop,” Coble said. “I love making those kinds of connections with people, and working at Artisan has brought me some of those that I would have never gotten anywhere else.”
Sophomore Joslyn Crow also said something similar to Coble about the atmosphere in local businesses. Crow said she likes that you get a more personal experience at local businesses. “The waitresses, hairdressers, salesman (whoever it is) always will know you by name and it just makes that shopping local experience that much better because you know that you’re not just another face to them,” Crow said.
When asked what Crow likes the most about working at Elle’s she said her coworkers, “my first day there I knew I was going to love working there.”
Senior Allison Baird touched on how she loves the way local businesses can cultivate a community. “When you open the doors [to a local business] it becomes a place where people can really flourish and have conversations and create relationships with people,” Baird said.
Baird is a barista at Artisan Mark and said she has met a lot of people in the community that she would not have met otherwise.
For every $100 you spend at local businesses, $68 will stay in the community.
Independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales to the community in which they operate than chain competitors. Independent restaurants return more than two times as much money per dollar of sales than national restaurant chains.
Small businesses employ 77 million Americans and accounted for 65% of all new jobs over the past 17 years.
Local businesses are more likely to utilize other local businesses such as banks, service providers, and farms.
Artisan Mark is a true testament to this statistic.
Although local business are supported, senior Alex Bruner said when given the choice to support local or go to a franchise he would go to a franchise for a larger variety of things. “If I’m thinking of a food mart (local) vs Walmart situation (franchise), it would be more cost-efficient to go to Walmart.”
Junior Lexis Stuchlik agreed with Bruner, that shopping local or a franchise. Stuchlik said whenever she can afford to shop local she does but, “it can be hard because small businesses just can’t offer as low of prices that I need as a student.”
So how are local businesses in Crete helping cater to Doane students? Sophomore Carly Kozeal, says that Artisan Mark offers Doane Students 10 percent off food/drinks on Tuesdays. “We also have a loyalty program that tracks payments by entering your phone number and short-term promotions are posted on our social media sites.”
Bruner says that although 9th Street doesn’t have Doane discount days they do have a special every day of the week. A few of them being “Tuesdays are $1 tacos, Wednesday you get a pretty large burger and potato chips for $3, Fridays it’s $11 all you can eat fish with 2 sides.”
Crow said her boss at Elle’s does a great job of not only promoting Elle’s but also promoting the local community. “We do fundraisers called “dine to donate” for a specific cause and I think that is really special to see him giving back as well.”
Next time you’re looking for a bite to eat, a souvenir/gift or even a cup of coffee to start your day be sure to check out one of these local businesses and don’t forget to use the Doane discount. Check the graphic for details.
Reporters Ethan Marker, Ryan Hopkins and Jace Tamayei contributed to the story.