Eat, Shop, Hire
The Buy/Hire Local Campaign was created by the Cornwall Economic Development Commission to encourage the people of Cornwall and in our surrounding towns to support our local businesses, especially during the holiday season. We have so much to offer – from baked goods to home decor right here in Cornwall. Come to “The Local” and pick up free posters for your window and stickers to give out to customers – or if you are a consumer, grab a sticker and make a pledge to spend your money here in Cornwall!
1. More of your money will be kept in your local economy
For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.*
2. You embrace what makes your community special
You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?
3. You create local jobs
Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for your neighbors. When you shop locally, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.
4. You help the environment
Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
5. You nurture community
Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
6. You conserve your tax dollars
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!
7. You create more choice
Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.
8. You took advantage of their expertise
You are their friends and neighbors, and locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They’re passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?
9. You invested in entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.
10. You made your community a destination
The more interesting and unusual your community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!
*Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics. IndependentWeStand.org
Sports Equipment & Apparel
3 Guys Ski & Ride
3 Guys Ski & Ride was born in friendship and a passion for all things snow, 3 Guys Ski & Ride brings over 40 years of ski industry experience to Litchfield County. Let us show you our passion and why we believe skiing is for everyone from the never-ever’s to the bums & bombers, we’re here for you.Website
Gifts & Home Accents
The Wish House
A welcoming shop that offers a diverse selection to suit any taste. Clothing, home accents, kitchen ware, textiles and jewelry may be the handiwork of a local artisan or a discovery sourced from across the globe by the shop’s owner.Website
Fine Wine & Beverage
Cornwall Package Store
A Cornwall Bridge institution since 1938 specializing in over 99 brands of beer and a large selection of wines to quench the thirst of Appalachian Trail hikers, dinner guests or picnickers.Website
Food & Local Products
Cornwall Country Market
The Market offers a full-service deli, bakery, and is well stocked with groceries and other provisions including a large selection of local products.Website
Carpet & Flooring
Housatonic Valley Rug Shop
Located in Cornwall Bridge, offers a variety of wood flooring products, rugs, installation services, carpet stretching, and terrazzo construction.
Hardware & Lumber
Northeast Building Supply
Northeast Building Supply of Cornwall Bridge features a complete selection of tools to suit any job and a wide selection of houseware items. You will also find the lawn and garden center, perfect for landscapers and home gardening enthusiasts.Website