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Why What (and Where) You Buy Matters

I asked some of my favorite stores for one good reason to support independent manufacturing and retail, and if they are pledging to donate to any charitable organizations this year. What they had to say mirrors so much of my heart and soul, and I hope it illuminates the human touch behind the small shops of our city. 


“Money spent at a locally-owned shop goes straight back into the local economy. Someone buying something from my shop enables me to pay my employees, which then enables them to take care of themselves and put their money back into the economy. It’s a very real chain reaction.”—Jessica Lawson, Dea Dia


Local Boutiques Making Charitable Contributions

Altar PDX: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood

Palace Vintage: Girls, Inc.

Rock N Rose: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

WildFang: Planned Parenthood

Folly: Planned Parenthood, ACLU

Frances May Shop: ACLU, PICA, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Planned Parenthood, SPLC

Betsy & Iya: Girls, Inc, Friends of the Children

Communion: Girls, Inc., Oregon Humane Society

Gem Gem: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Worn Path: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Dea Dia: International Rescue Committee, Standing Rock Medic and Healers Council

Read the whole post by Cassie Ridgway of the Portland Mercury here