OK, we know, not all your shopping spend can be made in White River but supporting local as much as possible has positive spin offs for everyone who lives here, not just the shop owner.
Sophisticated folk as we are, yes, some national / international brands and retailers are on our ‘must have’ list but every Rand you drop into a cash register in White River carries a ripple effect for you too.
- Profitable businesses in town employ residents.
- They support other businesses, ie, stationery and coffee shops, filling stations, hair salons and so on. Staff shop and use local services during their lunch hour.
- Independent shop owners with original, unique product act as a drawcard for out-of-towners to spend their dosh here.
- The more revenue in White River, the more prospective businesses and new residents are attracted to invest here. Think increased rates and taxes revenue, higher property values, a more diverse, interesting and connected community.
Take a look at http://wearewhiteriver.com/white-river-shops-2/ for a list of local shops. Please try and meet your needs here before clicking online (so cold and devoid of personal service!) or heading down the hill to Nelspruit.
It’s not only clothes and groceries either – how about taking a holiday in your home town? Book a spoil at one of our luxury hotels and lodges, pamper with a spa treatment, get your hair done and teeth checked by a local specialist.
Bagdad Market, held monthly every 2nd Saturday, is a great showcase of locally grown and produced products. You are sure to find a gift, flowers, superb deli items and more while you browse. Organisers Sue and Rowena are very conscious about supporting local entrepreneurs of all ages, and support a local charity each month as well. Can you think of a more worthwhile place to spend your moola?