This is my son and the guitar he bought today from the Music Loft (even tho I did’t build their website, but that’s ok). He looked online, but we decided to support our local music store and #shoplocal.
Money you spend with local business goes back into your community and helps keep us all from being big box / online retail drones. You get the benefit of talking with a real live human who probably loves what they do and possesses a lot of knowledge about their field.
Not that we expect you to never go to Walmart or order anything from Amazon. That’s unrealistic and kind of hypocritical. However, where you can, make an effort to support your local mom & pop establishments.