With a few stores to go to for advice I decided on a little baby boutique in our local high street.
I've always been a fan of buying local and going to the high street if I can, for a number of reasons.
Not only does it create jobs for the town, but it's also a building that without those businesses, would remain empty. I find it heartbreaking walking along a high street or town centre and seeing windows boarded up and evidence of businesses that no longer survive. So knowing I can help to keep those businesses going, and maybe to attract other customers to those shops, makes me feel happy and positive about my town.
The personal touch when it comes to customer services. Shops such as local baby boutiques can be more personal with their sales approach and with their customer care. They want you in their store, they want to help and they want to sell you an item. They also want you to go back, and to tell your friends.
The one on one advice is priceless.
Local shops tend to stock local products. This is another reason why I love shopping on the high street. From clothing to furniture to nursery accessories such as bunting or similar there's a wide range of items available to buy from most local stores.
Local businesses respond quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population needs.