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What local businesses did YOU shop at this week?

What local businesses did YOU shop at this week?

We all want to support local retail and service businesses so I kept a log of where I shopped these last two weeks.  They include:

Malibu/Anawalt Hardware,  Peak Power, Spruzzo’s Restaurant,  Malibu Fitness,  Bob Perkins, DDS – Smiles in Malibu, Trancas Chevron, Trancas Starbucks,  Vitamin Barn, Postal Annex at Trancas, CVS, Ralphs, Pavilions, Malibu Scapes & Ponds, First Bank, Pinnacle Clothing, Ranch Market, Tra de Noi, John’s Garden Sandwich & Snack Shop, Sea Lilly (Trancas) Nursery.

I bought food, ate at restrurants, got a flat tire fixed in record time at Trancas Chevron (for $15.00, a bargain!), worked out, got mail, bought vitamins, went banking, got my teeth checked, bought plants etc. and in general spent quite a bit of money at local Malibu businesses however you define them.

Whether part of a national chain or locally-owned, when I visited or was served by these businesses I had great personal attention to my needs across the board.   In many instances the owners or employees knew me, many by name. 

It feels great to be part of such a thriving and caring community as dear old Malibu. 

Feel free to share which local businesses and services YOU patronized this week!

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Hans Laetz December 08, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Howdy's. Malibu Hardware Lumber. USA gas. Grom's. Malibu Hardware again, bought the wrong $&@*$+G conduit junction and they cheerfully got me straight. Not a big shopper.
Marshall Thompson December 08, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Right on, Hans. I've had great service at Malibu Hardware as well and a big "thank you" to Dave Anawalt for bringing this much-needed resource back to Malibu.
J. Flo December 09, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Oh the list! Anawalt Lumber, Pinnacle (twice), Drill. Trancas Nursery, Lily's, Bu Sushi, Coogies, Spruzzos (OK, I like to eat), Malibu Mutt, Malibu Inn, Mark and Estelle's, PC Greens, Vitamin Barn . . . . Did you know > Because dollars spent with local businesses stay in the community at a much higher percentage than dollars spent at chains. Local businesses produce more income, jobs, and tax revenues for local regions. Local businesses keep neighborhoods vibrant and unique. Shopping local is good for the environment, often reducing the need to ship products from thousands of miles away. Finally, there's the obvious. Local businesses are fundamentally tied into the future of their communities and do things like donate more money to local causes and events. Here's the math: For every $100 spent at a local and independent business, $65 stays in the local economy*. This is what economists call the multiplier effect - meaning the money is then re-spent by the owners and employees of the first shop at other restaurants, clothing stores, bars, spas, gift stores, dentists, auto mechanics, and more. Let's all support our neighbors!
Marshall Thompson December 09, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Jae, you go girl! xoxo Marsh & Susie. Who else spent their precious moolah in Malibu and where? It is critical that we continue to support local Malibu businesses. I know a lot of you guys have your pets groomed at Sherman's; let's hear about it!
J. Flo December 09, 2012 at 01:51 AM
As my friends call my effort - "she's eating her way across Malibu". Yes, Sherman. I'm working with Sherman on helping raise funds for an injured homeless dog she's rescued - ONCE AGAIN. A Malibu Treasure! Clean dogs, saved dogs, she's just dog-gone good! Next stop Zuma Jays and Malibu Wines! BTW everyone who missed the Malibu Inn last week and the great local gift fair they had with lots of artists who designed, clothes, jewelry, candles - beautiful gifts (1 gift for them - 3 for me?!) - this Wednesday night they are doing it again at Sunset Restaurant. Friends, food, music and cool shopping? Life in paradise - come!

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