Shift and Support the Local Economy

In my never-ending battle with my spouse over where I eat lunch, I’ll pull out the “local economy” card every now again. As in, I’m not eating out needlessly. I’m supporting the local economy.

My bagel shop, Hot Bagels, is local-owned and operated. My primary lunch hour haunts, Stir Fry Paradise in Glendale, Pullano’s Pizza in Glendale, Sushi Yuki in Peoria and Kyoto Bowl also are local owned.

Hooters and The Tilted Kilt? Not so much. But the waitresses there need tips, too.

Given the choice between a used bookstore or Barnes & Noble, at least in the days before I bought a Kobo from Borders and started relying on electronic library books, I’d be at the local bookstore such as Thrifty Joe’s in Glendale.

Yesterday, I discovered a full-on movement asking Arizonans to shift just 10 percent of their annual spending to local owned businesses. On, the website of Local First Arizona, residents not only can pledge to shift 10 percent of their spending to local businesses but also to see what that shift will mean to the local economy.

For selfish reasons, I’d say to skip the real estate page since I’m not listed there. But rest assured, Tobey is locally owned and locally operated, as much as a dog who doesn’t move except to bark for breakfast and dinner can be considered operational.

Let’s face it … we all only have so many dollars to spend. Why not take a moment to try and make sure at least a small percentage of those dollars help build and sustain the communities in which we live.

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Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at