1. Buying local keeps the money in your community, employing your neighbors, keeping local businesses healthy that contribute in many ways to the neighborhoods and communities you are a part of.
2. Local stores utilize local resources, including attorneys, book keepers, accountants, cleaning staff, and repairmen, in addition to their sales force.
3. Local retailers may pay local sales tax, and they certainly pay state sales tax and property taxes directly or as part of their rents, all of which benefits the community. Online retailers do none of these things, but instead they siphon off jobs, tax revenues, etc. and etc.
4. And isn’t it great to have a neighborhood toy store? Isn’t your community richer and more interesting for that?
I do love toy stores. Browsing in them is a form of entertainment for all.