All dry cleaning is local, you might argue. After all, no one ships clothes out of state to be laundered or dry cleaned! So, if your dry cleaners is locally operated, is it important whether it’s locally owned?
CityofSoundcom thinks so. “Locally owned independent retailers contribute a vast amount to cities… recent research from the US indicates that between 54 and 58 cents of every dollar spent at a locally-owned retailer stays in that local environment.” (The article goes on to explain why: Local businesspeople employ local accountants, local delivery services, local web designers, local signwriters, local architects, advertise in the local newspaper, and so on.
Staylocal.org of New Orleans lists no fewer than ten reasons to shop local:
- Protect local character and prosperity
- Community well being
- Local decision making
- Keeping dollars in the local economy
- Jobs and wages
- Public benefits and costs
- Environmental sustainability
- Product diversity
Classic Cleaners is locally owned and locally operated. The first Classic Cleaners store opened in Indianapolis in January 1985. Today, there are 17 stores in locations that include Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, Zionsville and McCordsville along with Indianapolis. Pickup and delivery service is available in the surrounding localities bordered by Fortville, Pittsboro, and Cicero.
As far as the Staylocal.org list, Classic Cleaners is certainly 10 for 10. Through membership in the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Carmel Chamber of Commerce, and the Fishers Chamber of Commerce, Classic Cleaners does its part to strengthen local communities. Through its financial support of Dress For Success Indianapolis, local Girl Scout troops, the Museum of 20th Century Warfare, and many other local charities, Classic Cleaners stays involved in local community needs, seeks to be an employer of choice and to protect the environment in all its operations.
by Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team