Really, what’s this “buy local” business all about? There are so many great reasons to shop locally (as opposed to online or at national chains). Here are just some of them:
- Access to local experts passionate about their products and knowledgeable about our region.
- Find an overall product selection geared specifically toward our region, our sports, our climate. Local buyers hear when you ask for a specific product; it doesn’t take an annual cycle of sales trend analysis at some far-away corporate office to respond to the needs of the community.
- Local retailers return a total of 52% of their revenue to the local economy, compared to just 14% for national chain retailers.
- It’s a positive cycle–the more you buy locally, the more will be available to you locally over the long term. No need to place your order facelessly online and wait for it to arrive and hope it fits. Just stop by your local store, knowing they have what you need, say hello to your neighbor, and go about a pleasant day!
Beaver Sports has a long history of community involvement and investment. For the 2021 holiday season, we challenged our customers to join us in the spirit of giving by raising funds for three enduring Fairbanks institutions: the Food Bank, the Rescue Mission and youth shelter The Door. Beaver Sports matched all customer donations during the month of December, raising a total of over $9,900 dollars for the local charities.
Greg Whisenhant, the store’s owner, summed things up nicely, “The whole idea of the promotion was to encourage customers to give. We weren’t making any money on this endeavor. It’s just so important to our community here in Fairbanks that we are here for each other, helping our neighbors when they need it, building and maintaining our beloved trails, volunteering, and generally doing our part.”
Representatives from the Fairbanks’ Community Food Bank, Rescue Mission and The Door happily accept their checks for the proceeds of Beaver Sports’ 2021 Give Back FBX donation campaign.