From BuyAlaska: Blue Market AK is a small woman-owned “old-world grocer” with a “zero-waste” model. At least 45% of their vendors are local Alaskans, and they vet all products based on their environmental impacts. This careful selection process provides convenience and peace of mind by ensuring the products at Blue Market are eco-friendly and addresses shopping-overload anxiety by reducing the number of choices that bigger stores with hundreds of brands can produce. They also offer free space for local artists and makers to “Popup” and sell their handmade products. Those who shop at Blue Market AK consciously give back to the planet daily, as the store donates 1% of all proceeds to local nonprofits supporting sustainability and eco-friendly lifestyles.
There is no question that people often overlook the positive impacts of independent, locally-owned (Indie Local) businesses. The local community that an Indie Local serves may understand these impacts, but those located further away may need to be made aware of these success stories. In future posts, with your help, we will feature a few of the top Indie Locals in the nation.