“If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue,” according to The 3/50 Project website. “Imagine the positive impact if 3/4 of the employed population did that! For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online, and nothing comes home.” One reason why East Siders choose (and love) to live here is for the abundance of small, independently owned boutiques and restaurants that characterize our main streets. Without these establishments, the East Side loses its unique character and we become any other main street in the country defined by chain establishments and malls. This local ecosystem is a fragile one, and how you spend your money directly effects the storefront landscape. Online shopping pulls money out of the local economy and ultimately threatens the very nature of what makes this community special.
Jiro has been a master tailor for more than 38 years and when he selects his clothing, he’s considering fabric quality, style and individuality. People kowtow to brand labels, but know that even at the outlet stores where people think they’re getting great deals, those clothes are inferior to what’s offered at the main retail locations. When you spend money at local independent businesses, like Milan Fine Clothiers, you’ll receive a curated selection, high quality fabrics, custom fitting and knowledgeable customer service. Stop in today to order your holiday clothes or pick up items for gifts. We vote with our dollars. Be sure to cast your vote by purchasing from independently owned, local businesses that help make the East Side the East Side.
Milan Fine Clothiers
178 Wayland Avenue, Providence