Newtown, Pennsylvania is a quaint, historic town in the heart of Bucks County. Surrounded by local farms and other scenic views, it draws many artists and nature lovers who come to enjoy all the natural beauty the area has to offer. History buffs also come from all over to visit many sites that were erected before the American Revolution.
The town itself is small, but lively. On any given day, there are throngs of people strolling Sycamore and State streets, popping in and out of the many shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Part of Newtown’s illustrious charm are the unique shops that sell locally sourced artisan products, paintings created by Bucks County artists, homemade snacks, knickknacks, and other items.
At most of the shops, you will probably see a “Shop Small” or a “Buy Local” decal on the door, reminding you to support local businesses. We’ve all shopped at the big name stores. You run in and out with everything on your list and a few items that weren’t, like a new Blue Ray player, because why not? It was on sale. These stores offer you savings and convenience, but do they really?
Shopping local is one of the best things you can do for your community and local economy. As a small business local to Newtown, PA, we wanted to share with you some of the best reasons for shopping local, as well as a sampling of our favorite small businesses in Newtown.
Benefits of Shopping Local
Small businesses add to the character and charm of Newtown and other small towns in Bucks County and throughout the US. They often sell items that are known to the area and other things you can’t get at a retail chain or online.
By shopping local, you can help build your community. Local coffee shops, bookstores, craft stores, and other retailers often host community events including live music, children’s story hours or knitting circles. Without local businesses to support and host these happenings, they, along with the business, can disappear.
When you shop local, more money re-circulates into the local economy. According to the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), every dollar you spend at local business sends three times more money to the local economy than one spent at a chain.
Non-profits and community organizations receive more from local businesses than large chains. Remember, it’s local businesses that sponsor you son’s baseball league or granddaughter’s soccer team.
Local businesses create local jobs. In fact, small businesses are the largest employers nationally.
You will be served by experienced and knowledgeable people at a small business. Local business owners are passionate about their shops and products. As such, they know more about the products in the store and can give you advice or opinions on merchandise you want to purchase.
Shopping locally at small businesses will keep our community rich and vibrant! But, you can’t just say shop locally, you actually have to get out there and visit these shops. Meet the owners and staff while you’re there, and really become part of the community. Below is a condensed list of some of our favorite places in Newtown:
Enjoy homemade pasta and other delicious Italian favorites at Vecchia Osteria.
This historic inn was founded in 1772 and it still operates as a restaurant, bar, and inn. They frequently have live music and guests can enjoy food in the dining room or the pub.
This unique restaurant specializes in American and Korean cuisine.
Here are more great restaurants in Newtown.
From delicious Italian pastries to freshly butchered meats and gourmet salads, La Stalla Italian Market has tasty treats, whether you’re looking for something savory or sweet.
Taste an incredibly wide variety of gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
Sample local produce and other locally grown/made items at the farmers’ market.
For more than 27 years, Grapevine has provided healthy alternatives to individuals who eat and live naturally and organically.
Byers Treasures sells charming gifts, including candles, toys, and local artisan crafts.
A small gift shop that sells jewelry and eco-friendly clothing and accessories.
For the knitting lover, KNIT sells various yarn, needles, and notions. They also offer directional classes and have open knitting events!
From used books and CDs to vinyl, Newtown Book and Record Exchange offers excellent service to book and music lovers in Bucks County.
Priorities sells unique clothing, jewelry, accessories and gifts.
About Lang’s Kitchen and Bath
Lang’s Kitchen and Bath is proud to be a small, local business in Newtown, PA. We have served the local communities since 1948, when John’s father Bob opened his first shop in Yardley. Since then, we have transformed into a kitchen and bath design center and have completed projects in Yardley, Richboro, Doylestown, New Hope, and beyond. As life-long residents of the area, we have experience working with the different architectural styles native to the area and can source local materials to add to the design appeal.
We offer kitchen and bath design solutions that will enhance your lifestyle! Whether you’re looking for a simple powder room upgrade, a master bath remodel or a complete kitchen renovation with structural changes, we will design and deliver a space uniquely tailored to your home, taste, and storage needs.
Contact us today at 215-968-5300 to start the design process or visit us in our showroom located at 440 E. Centre Avenue, Newtown, PA for ideas and inspiration.