Friday, November 21, 2014

Detroit named one of the top cities for shopping locally

Small business in action - Photo by Frank Nemecek
As millions of small retailers prepare for Small Business Saturday on November 29, I believe it's worth noting that Detroit was recently named one of the best cities in America for shopping locally. A survey conducted by Yelp and Nielsen found that Detroit has the sixth highest concentration of highly rated retail businesses where consumers can buy gifts this holiday season.

Detroit, I should add, is also the largest city to make the top 20 in this list. Portland, Maine took the top spot in the survey. They were followed by Lawrence, Kansas, St. Petersburg, Florida, Asheville, North Carolina, Santa Cruz, California, and then Detroit in the number six spot.

Rounding out the top twenty in this list of the best cities for shopping locally was

  • Bend, Oregon
  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Minneapolis, Minneapolis
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Frederick, Maryland
  • Flagstaff, Arizona
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Seattle, Washington and
  • Baltimore, Maryland
I want to take a moment to congratulate all of the small business owners in the Warrendale neighbor and across Detroit for giving some great options for shopping locally.

Publisher's Note: This story is presented as part of this blog's semi-regular Friday Focus series, which features stories that I do not believe are getting sufficient attention from the mainstream media. Please check back next week for another Friday Focus story.
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