How Local Businesses Create Vibrant Communities
Arlington is full of lively and walkable neighborhoods along with small businesses that provide our community with places for people to gather, better shopping experiences, and creation of jobs. Learn more about the impact of small businesses in Crystal City and Pentagon City and how you can explore these two very walkable neighborhoods on Saturday, November 17.
Small local businesses are the lifeblood of Arlington County and provide so many benefits: a sense of community identity, job creation, a better shopping experience, and places for people to gather, just to name a few. Shopping local keeps your money here in Arlington and is a direct investment in our community. When you shop local, a significantly higher percentage of your dollars spent stays here versus when you shop at a non-local business.
They Invest in Your Neighborhoods
Local businesses have a personal investment in keeping the neighborhoods where they’re located vibrant and strong. These business owners tend to be very engaged in the community, through involvement in their local business improvement districts (BID) or Main Street association (e.g., Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, Clarendon Alliance) as well as philanthropically. The Crystal City Sports Pub, for example, sponsors all Arlington Public School sports teams and hosts a variety of fundraisers for a number of local causes.
Unique local offerings also showcase Arlington by drawing patrons from across the region. As the only gay bar in Northern Virginia, Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant welcomes members of the LGBTQ community and their allies to Arlington from all over Virginia, which in turn benefits the surrounding businesses. Owner Freddie Lutz has also recently opened another restaurant, Federico Ristorante Italiano, several doors down, further demonstrating the commitment local owners have in their communities.
Join us November 17
Small Business Saturday is quickly approaching. So to help you get ready to shop, WalkArlington is teaming up with the Crystal City Business Improvement District, Arlington Economic Development, and Netwalking on November 17 to guide you on a walking tour through Pentagon City and Crystal City.
The walk will begin with a tasty treat from our friends at Kind Bar followed by stops at several small businesses, including Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant, Commonwealth Joe Coffee Roasters, Daniel’s Boutique, Jaleo, and more, while enjoying the area’s walkability. You might even walk away from the tour with some discounts to use when you shop on Small Business Saturday.
Photo Credit: Crystal City Business Improvement District