Why Shop Local?: A Shop Owner's Perspective

This article was authored by Debbie Cline, Co-owner of Twisted Sisters Boutique, LLC located on Front Street in historic downtown Marietta.

Twisted Sisters Boutique is proud to be part of the downtown community for the last 16 years. We have striven to bring unique items into the store for a fun shopping experience. Many of the items in our store are made by local and regional craftsman and artisans. 

Through the years, we have been fortunate to meet many people in our community and have made life-long friends. Participating in helping with various activities downtown has always been fun and rewarding.  Where we shop, where we eat and where we have fun — all of it makes our community home.

Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Marietta.  Marietta’s downtown has an important and unique role in economic and social development. Having a thriving downtown creates a critical mass of activities where commercial, cultural, and civic activities are concentrated. This concentration facilitates business, learning, and cultural exchange.

Because of how shopping habits have changed with online sales, it is critical to support the local community.  By shopping at the corner store instead of the “Big Box” or online, consumers keep their communities from becoming ghost towns. Local purchases means more money is being used to support other local businesses that will continue to strengthen the economic base of the community. 

By supporting local businesses, our tourism businesses also benefit. When people go on vacation they seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace - not just anyplace - with unique items and unique experiences.  With Marietta being the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory, we have so much to offer not just to locals, but to tourists as well. 

Twisted Sisters Boutique has always prided ourselves in our unique items, customer service, and the wonderful friends we have made throughout our years in business. 

Think local first. Buy local when you can. Be a local!


This article was authored by Debbie Cline, Co-owner of Twisted Sisters Boutique, LLC located on Front Street in historic downtown Marietta.