Encourage local retail businesses to offer more upscale merchandise. Example: Corporate Apparel for Men & Women (suits, day to evening wear, business casual). Buying local will enhance the wealth of the community by working with local businesses, which will in turn make the area more pleasant to live in. With a higher percentage of money staying in the community, cities can afford to engage in civic improvement, better support schools, and sponsor the arts and letters in our community. Buying local can revitalize downtown business districts, which often suffer when a big box store comes into town, and will strengthen your ties with neighbors and business associates.