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Schwindamania is the portfolio and blog of Jackson, Mississippi graphic designer Darren Schwindaman. I'm currently completing design work for small business and non-profit clients. Contact me if you'd like to work together.


Where I Shop Local

Check out the Google Map in this blog’s sidebar. I’ve marked waypoints at the local businesses where I go in my regular travels. There are lots of awesome places around. Although I’m writing about places in Jackson, MS, where do you shop local?

Posted on Nov 09, 2008 - 08:27 PM


It’s easy to shop local in Chicago, if nothing else because there is nowhere else to go. My neighborhood is a pretty solid mix of Koreans and Colombians, so it makes for some interesting experiences at the corner groceries. I love that we don’t have many chain businesses around these parts; even if the products aren’t local, all the money is going back into the neighborhood.

I’ve found that farmers markets are almost always the best places to shop local and get the most bang for your buck. My most favorite place to shop in Chicago is the Green City Market, a twice-weekly farmers market in Lincoln Park that only sells locally grown, organic products. It’s dizzyingly huge. I leave $40 poorer, but with enough produce, cheese, herbs, bread, milk, yogurt and eggs to last two weeks. Every time I set foot in that huge cluster of tents, I feel like I could die of giddiness.

But I’m freakishly into vegetables these days.

By Katie on Nov 19, 2008 - 12:28 AM

In San Francisco, I spent most of my paycheck each month at Rainbow Grocery (I know that you have your own Rainbow in Jackson); I also shopped at the very expensive Bi-Rite Market, another organic foods market. The people knew me because I worked in the neighborhood.

In my hometown of Sonoma, I try to buy from Sonoma Market instead of Whole Foods. I’ve always patronized my local video store, Movie Merchants, especially when Blockbuster opened two stores in town. I worked at the fantastic Readers’ Books in high school and college and shop there whenever I can.

I’m aware that every dollar I spend is an investment in helping local businesses thrive and keeping big-box stores out of the community. Because chain stores are normally headquartered elsewhere, their profits don’t strengthen the local economy as much as those of local businesses do.

There are SO many reasons to buy local: building community, saving fossil fuels from long-distance shipping, and supporting independent stores so we have original places to shop instead of cookie-cutter chains.

By Melia on Nov 22, 2008 - 07:06 PM


I’ve been thinking about the possibility of looking into a localvore pizza joint in sf. Have you heard of other restaurants doing a similar thing? I want everything to come from a 100 mile radius. Your thoughts?

By Lauren on Dec 15, 2008 - 03:12 PM

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