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The local mill whistle blows every day at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and can be heard nearly all through St. Maries. It’s a dull, tinny hum that hangs in the air for a full seven seconds. But no one really takes notice – a telltale sign of life in a small town.

Other signs, though, are more obvious: The countless fundraisers for local families facing hardships; weekends filled with activities, usually made possible by a committee of volunteers; and the friendly service you can only find at locally owned businesses.

The people who own these stores have a story.

The owners aren’t CEOs or figureheads or a group of overseas investors. They are husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, and sons and daughters. They are members of the PTA, they contribute to local schools, to athletic events and to countless other community events.

Most of all, though, they are hard-working people, oftentimes the backbone of communities the size of St. Maries. And when it comes to where you – as a consumer – spend your money, it really does make a difference. Shopping locally allows local businesses to help local people.

It helps breathe life into a community.