Why Shop Indie?

When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

The Economy

  • When you spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in Dubuque. If you spend the same $100 at a national chain, your community only sees $43.
  • Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for you and your neighbors.
  • More of your taxes are reinvested in our community--where they belong.

The Environment

  • Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint!!

The Community

  • We are your friends and neighbors—if you support us, we'll support you.
  • We donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
  • More independent stores mean more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.


Now is the time to stand up and join your fellow individuals in the IndieBound mission supporting local businesses and celebrating your independents!