Welcome to Shop South Local
Shop South is a buy-local campaign designed specifically for the unique needs of the rural business owners and rural shoppers in the South Thurston County area. Supported by the South Thurston Economic Development Initiative (STEDI), the mission of this campaign is to instill local pride through intergenerational participation and to build community wealth. Representatives from Rochester, Grand Mound, Bucoda, Tenino, Rainier, Yelm, Roy, and McKenna have all been at the table in designing, implementing, and leading this effort. Continued inter-community collaboration is central to our success moving forward. We believe that the more local businesses can work together, the more successful we will be.
Did you know?
Money spent at local businesses is more likely to stay in that community- making it possible for small businesses to hire and pay local residents, spend at other local businesses, and local taxes raised are used for local improvements and services. Besides financial benefits, it’s been shown that spending your money locally helps people feel connected and invested in their community.