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Dubuque man aims to shop local for full year


Small businesses all across eastern Iowa depend on local support to thrive. In Dubuque, one man is doing what he can to support local small businesses around him. Jeff Lenhart, of Dubuque, has set a goal for himself to only shop at locally owned and operated businesses.

"I decided to start on January 1st, but I was like why wait two weeks? I'm just going to start now," Lenhart said.

On Friday afternoon, Lenhart went to two small businesses in the Dubuque. Those businesses being the Calico Bean Market and Old Main Market and Consignment. Two stores that Lenhart had never visited before.

"I've been in Dubuque for 2 years and I haven't done a bunch of shopping downtown. The Calico Bean, Old Main Market, a lot of stores here in Cable Car Square I've never been to." Lenhart said.

Along with shopping local, Lenhart says he will try to pay for all of his purchases using cash. Teri Connely is the owner of the Calico Bean Market. She says that's something small business owners like to hear.

"A lot of our regulars are great about that," Connely said Friday afternoon. "They make sure they bring their check books and cash for us."

Connely says as a small business owner, credit card service fees can get expensive.

"Most small business owners pay a monthly fee, a transaction fee, and a percentage fee. So they get very costly." Connely said.

Lenhart says he is going to try to continue shopping at local businesses for a whole year.

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