Before you order that book from Amazon, stop by your local indie bookstore to see what just hit their shelves. Shopping local can cost a little more than shopping with big businesses, but there are a number of benefits that come out of supporting the little guys— it’s environmentally friendly, it improves the local economy, and utilizing the expertise of local business owners is a great way to support your community. Independent craft stores, cafes, and curated gift shops are great places to start.