“Service With A Smile” - For more Waynedale photography, current and historical. Visit www.waynedalerllc.com/photosOver the past couple months you may have noticed the many new businesses popping up around Waynedale. One could attribute the abundance of new businesses to the end of a down-economy era and the turn of better times. We at The Waynedale News hope this is the case. As previously vacant buildings begin to house tenants, the area becomes diversified with new types of services and products unique to the community.

Majority of the staple businesses in Waynedale have been here for more than 40 years and pride themselves on tradition, family values and supplying our quaint community with the things its people need. As our range of businesses becomes diversified you are offered more choices in where you shop, eat and enjoy. So we encourage you to take a drive in our business district on Lower Huntington and Bluffton Roads to stop in and check out what these businesses have to offer. Keeping your business loyal to locally owned Waynedale shops not only helps the community look aesthetically better with a lack of vacant buildings, but when you explore these new businesses you will find better, fresher and newer products and services.

Why else should we buy local in Waynedale? There is no simple answer to this question; however there are many reasons why we all should encourage each other to do so. Let’s start with some simple facts that occur when deciding to purchase local instead of at a big national retail store.

• When you purchase at local, Waynedale-owned businesses rather than nationally owned, significantly more money is kept in the community because locally owned businesses often purchase from other local affiliates. In addition this also reduces the environmental impact because local purchases require less transportation.

• Local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in the Waynedale community, so in turn, they provide the most jobs to residents.

• Non-profit and community organizations receive considerably more support from smaller business owners than they do from large, nationally owned businesses.

• Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to develop relationships with customers because chances are they will see them again.

• Local businesses are owned by individuals who live in the community. Thus these people are less likely to leave and are more invested in the community’s future.

• For every $1 spent at local businesses, 68¢ is reinvested locally. Only a minor percentage stays in the local community when something is purchased at a nationally owned retail store.

All of these facts show how important it is to support local commerce. The return in which community members receive from local business is invaluable. However, the most significant aspect that the Waynedale area and other local communities all around the United States obtain is uniqueness. Where we live, shop, eat, play and have fun, makes the Waynedale community, home.

So every week, take an afternoon drive and just stop in to one place of business you’ve never been to and you might just find something you can’t believe you’ve lived so long without. Wherever you end up, you’ll be sure to find the hardworking, family values, traditions, and service of our Waynedale businesses.