With the ability to order any product under the sun with a mouse click, why leave the house? It is just so easy and convenient to click a button and have those new shoes, dog food, or even toilet paper delivered to your door within 24 hours. Yet local businesses here in North Lake Tahoe have a lot to offer as well; from great deals and convenience to personal service and smiling faces, they are the lifeblood of a thriving community. Not only do they employ locals, but they also pump three times more money into the local economy than sales made online, in Reno, or at a chain, click here. Moonshine Ink took to the streets to ask, “How do you shop local?”
ARIANA REHORN, Tahoe City
Massage therapist/spiritual healer
As a massage therapist, I always need to keep a full stock of healing supplies. New Moon has pretty much everything I need, from their selection of essential oils to CBD skin salves. I visit at least once a day to restock and grab a sandwich. Their food is delicious!
Photos by Wade Snider/Moonshine Ink
WILSON KOONTZ, West Shore
Yosemite guide/Squaw ski coach
I spend most of my weeks leading tours in Yosemite, but when I’m in town I typically stock up on fresh backpacking and climbing supplies at Alpenglow [Sports] in Tahoe City or Tahoe Mountain Sports in Truckee. If eating local counts as shopping local, I give a lot of my money to Fat Cat in Tahoe City.
JACQULINE TANKERSLEY, Glenshire
Yoga guru, Tahoe Yoga and Wellness
I’m a busy mom and don’t have a lot of time to shop, but when I do, I always shop local. I love cooking with the delicious produce at New Moon and always make sure to buy my organic hair products at Sacred Salon. Those girls are amazing!
ANDREW FINKELSTEIN, Truckee
Manager, Performance Training Center
I don’t always break my mountain bike, but when I do, I take it to Cycle Paths on Pioneer Trail. I feel much more comfortable having experienced professionals working on my bike when I just don’t have the time or patience. I also buy all my backpacking gear from either [Tahoe] Sports Hub or Tahoe Mountain Sports in Truckee.
CHRIS BECK, Truckee
Owner, Tahoe Alpenglow Properties
I have a 1-year-old German Shepherd who is eating food faster than I can buy it. I typically buy all of Gunner’s toys and grain free dog food from Pet Station in Truckee. I also just purchased a home up here, so I spend a lot of my time at Mountain Hardware.