There are ‘a million reasons’ to shop local this year, mayor says. A $500 prize is just one of them

Matt Caputo, owner of Caputo’s, speaks during a press conference about the Shop Small Crawl and Small Business Saturday.

Matt Caputo, Caputo’s Market & Deli owner, speaks during a press conference about the Shop Small Crawl and Small Business Saturday in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. The crawl includes a chance to win a $500 local shopping spree. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

A slight breeze passed through as Matt Caputo looked around at the businesses surrounding him in Salt Lake City’s 15th and 15th District.

A worker was in the middle of hanging lights by Mazza, a local Middle Eastern restaurant across the street, while a mother with her children walked into Tulie Bakery behind Caputo. Not long after, a man walked out of Caputo’s Market & Deli holding two bags of food and a drink in his hands. It was relatively busy on this Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving.

This is the scene that Caputo wants to see. He says many local retailers operate at a loss throughout most of the year and these next few weeks make or break small businesses.

“Each and every year I’m faced with the reality that if we have a bad holiday season, everything my dad built, everything that I’ve worked for over the last quarter century could go up in smoke,” he said.

But a good holiday season? That doesn’t just keep businesses afloat; it can help small businesses to provide benefits to their employees.

Caputo knows this because he says his market’s three locations have had good holiday seasons in recent years.

“It’s how we’ve provided health insurance to all our crew. It’s how we’re able to start offering 401(k)s this year,” he added. “It’s how, in 2022 and beyond, we’re going to make sure that everyone who works for us can afford a place to live near where they work. When you shop at a local business, you’re not just increasing shareholder returns, you’re ensuring your neighbors — the people who serve your food, that brew your coffee — you’re ensuring that they have a decent standard of living.”

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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Jamey Chelius, Caputo’s Market & Deli general manager, rings a customer up at Caputo’s Market and Deli in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced the Shop Small Crawl to support Small Business Saturday, including the chance to win a $500 local shopping spree.

As Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach, a time where millions upon millions of dollars will be spent at major retailers across the country, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall is urging people to skip the chaos and participate in Small Business Saturday instead.

She says buying local has an impact on the community surrounding every small business. First, there are the employees who can receive important benefits, like health care and retirement in Caputo’s case. A little more than half of every dollar spent buying products at local businesses stays within the community, Mendenhall added, citing a 2013 Civic Economics study. That, she pointed out, is compared to 13 cents from every dollar spent at …read more

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