Stand Tall, Shop Small for OKC this July

Published Tuesday, July 5, 2022
by Chamber Staff

As July begins, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, through its “Stand Tall, Shop Small for OKC” campaign, is urging all Oklahoma City residents to spend money at small businesses around the city to provide a boost to those businesses during the summer months and beyond.

Oklahoma City has continued to weather the storm throughout the recent pandemic despite the gradual, and sometimes sudden, uptick in prices for various necessities such as groceries and fuel. But that doesn’t necessarily mean OKC’s business community is out of the woods just yet, especially for the thousands of small businesses scattered across the city who were hit especially hard over the last two years.

Our small businesses provide so much to the economic well-being of our great city. Lumped together, small businesses typically employ the most people within any given community. In fact, studies even show that most new jobs are created by small businesses. Therefore, it is imperative we as a community continue to shop small in order to ensure the vitality of our small businesses, which will help keep our city thriving and growing,” Chamber President and CEO Roy Williams said. For every dollar spent at a locally owned business, 67 cents stays in the community and directly pays for vital city services, he added.  

“What makes Oklahoma City so unique and distinct, in some respects, are the variety of shops and restaurants encompassing our city limits,” said Tammy Fate, senior manager of retail development and recruitment for the Chamber. “By frequenting our local establishments and giving them the boost and support they deserve, we can all help ensure that our city’s unique character and style continue to flourish."

The Stand Tall, Shop Small for OKC campaign will coincide with a similar statewide campaign planned for the weekend of July 15-17. Developed by the Independent Shopkeepers Association, “Weekend of Local” is aimed at encouraging Oklahomans across the state to shop and spend money at their local shops and restaurants that have survived the hardest year or two they have experienced as business owners. More details about the Weekend of Local campaign can be found at weekendoflocal.com. 

“During the summer months, retail traffic slows and, therefore, revenue slows, especially right now when people are dealing with high gas prices. Shops are placing orders in anticipation of the holidays, so cash flow is very tight. Supporting local retail year-round allows retailers to rotate product variety and bring the latest and greatest merchandise into the shops. When you shop local, your money stays in our community, pays locals a wage and allows these retailers to invest back in our community,” said Traci Walton, co-founder and CEO of PLENTY Mercantile. 

The Chamber will promote its Stand Tall, Shop Small for OKC campaign and the various district activities on its social media accounts, which can be found on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram. People are encouraged to get downloadable social media assets, signage and more info at https://www.velocityokc.com/shopsmallforokc, use the #ShopSmallForOKC hashtag, and to follow the districts’ social media accounts as well to keep up with their activities. A complete list of the districts, their top things to do and their attractions can be found at https://www.visitokc.com/about-okc/okc-districts/.

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