Why Buy Local?

Invest in Douglas County, MN by Doing Business Locally

American Cleaners

Alexandria, MN

“American Cleaners is a second generation, local business since 1979. I've seen many changes to our community, like the mall and downtown feuding over commerce, to the first box store coming to town. As more box stores came, you really saw the impact to small businesses. The ever growing online purchases are having the same effect on small town USA - money leaving the community. I fear if people don't stand up and change their spending habits, more local businesses will close.”

Alexandria Area YMCA

Alexandria, MN

“When people choose a membership at the Y, they foster a sense of community and diversity, and the opportunity to engage with people they normally wouldn’t. The YMCA serves members of all ages, races, genders, abilities, bodies, minds and spirits. In a world that is becoming increasingly divided, we need that sense of community now more than ever.”

The Dashery

Alexandria, MN

“The shift to shopping local continues to be evident at The Dashery. The impact this has on our staff and families has been awesome. We are able to offer competitive wages, bonuses and more flexibility. If it weren't for those in our community who choose to shop local when online shopping is so easy and convenient, we wouldn't be able to grow at the pace we are. We are so grateful for this community and the culture that has been nurtured to support one another.”

Corral Saloon & Eatery

Nelson, MN

“Communities have been built on the backs of independent businesses. A host of risk-taking individuals have stepped away from the traditional American workplace and helped shape the communities around them. If you want to support your community, start by supporting local businesses.”

Alex Brick and Stone

Alexandria, MN

“With local home owners and contractors choosing to do business with Alex Brick & Stone, we have been able to employ additional employees with job stability and good benefits.”

Andria Theatre

Alexandria, MN

Andria Theatre has successfully served as Alexandria's community theater for decades because of the wonderful support we receive from the local community, both financially and through the sharing of talent. Most of our audiences, casts, and students come from within a 20+ mile radius, as does most of our financial support. Thank you for supporting us! We take pride in this being the community's theater.”

Quality Computer Services

Alexandria, MN

“As a small business, every dollar counts! I’ve seen a large increase in people using my services rather than going to the cities to an Apple Store to get service on Mac products, and I’ve seen many people decide to work with someone local rather than using 1-800 remote support companies. With data security becoming such a hot topic, who has access to your data is very important.”


Integrity Title, Inc.

Alexandria, MN

“Having title companies from outside our area is damaging to our local industry. Not only does it
remove money from local businesses, it is concerning that companies outside of the area don’t know or
understand our community, and do not provide the best possible information to individuals new to our

La Ferme

Alexandria, MN

“The more people eat with us the more we can buy from local farmers and producers to feed them.”

Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association

Brandon, MN

“We love the communities we serve! Improving quality of life by delivering advanced telecommunication services to our customers has been the mission of Gardonville since we started. But, without the patronage of local residents and businesses, we're just a phone and internet company with no one to serve! We're proud to serve you and give back to this community whenever we can.”

Potomac Bead Company

Alexandria, MN

“We've always believed in shopping locally and are excited to see it being promoted in Douglas County.  Not only does it support our local communities, it gives people a chance to get to know their neighbors.”

Winning Edge Graphics, Inc.

Alexandria, MN

“Much of our product line can be purchased on-line from a variety of vendors, but again and again we have clients come in who want and appreciate the personal touch from buying local!  As a business owner, I try to be involved, to support events and organizations throughout the area. I feel it's important to give back to the community that supports us!”

Pike and Pint Grill

Alexandria, MN

“As a restaurant, we are not as directly impacted by online shopping as other businesses.  However, we are aware that local residents can drive to hundreds of restaurants less than an hour away.  We appreciate that Alexandria is a dynamic community with great dining options. As a locally owned business, we do our best to buy as much local as we can.  We also need to support our schools and local charities to help enrich the lives of our youth and those less fortunate. Keep it local, Alexandria!”

Tyler Golberg of CYBERsprout

Tyler Golberg

Alexandria, MN

"Doing business locally creates a ripple effect within the community. It is about supporting the businesses that support essential nonprofits, community projects, and great people in the area."

Mickey Larson of Larson Insurance

Mickey Larson
Larson Insurance

Alexandria, MN

“Money spent locally does more than provide paychecks. It supports local school activities, nonprofit causes, recreational opportunities…. We’ve chosen to live in this great community. Let’s keep it thriving by doing business where we live.”

Tim Schoonhoven

Tim Schoonhoven
Widseth Smith Nolting

Alexandria, MN

"Local businesses make possible all of the things that make Alexandria a great place to live. By supporting local business, you support the people who are the heart and soul of our amazing community.”

Past and Present

Jeff & Lynelle Lanoue
Past & Present Home Gallery

Alexandria, MN

“Local loyalty makes our community prosper as a whole. It does matter, where your dollar is spent.”

Every purchase here makes an impact.


For every dollar spent locally,


is reinvested into our community.

Local Sources. Local Quality.

Farmers Market
Art in the Park

Buying local means


skilled creators, farmers, friends, and neighbors.

Support businesses that make a difference.

The Alexandria Marching Band starts off the parade as the host band for the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria Sunday afternoon. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)

Local businesses support community organizations,


the ability to have fun, learn, and grow within the community.