Happy Independence Day!

Metro Lighting will be closed on Saturday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends. 

Here in Berkeley, we have a tradition of celebrating independent businesses- those owned and operated by folks who live in the community- during this week each year. We encourage you to do the same, wherever you live. Get out and explore your local independent merchants this week. You're guaranteed to find something unique!

Have fun and have a safe holiday!  

-Christa and Lawrence and the crew at Metro Lighting

Buying Locally . . . 

Is more fun with unique, personalized offerings. You get to know your merchants, who select their wares with the needs and tastes of the local community in mind. You get personal attention. You feel connected. Local, independent businesses know our local market and are more responsive to our local market. Customers are merchants' friends and neighbors.

Keeps dollars in our economy. Spending locally ensures that our sales taxes are reinvested right here in our community. Of every $100 spent at an independently owned Berkeley store, $68 stays in the community. That makes our city more economically resilient!

Ensures our city is unique and a destination. Homegrown businesses makes us special and gives us a strong sense of place and love for our city. The more interesting we are as a community, the more we attract visitors, which benefits everyone.

Is more environmentally friendly. Buying locally often means you can walk and bike to shop, supporting conveniently located and accessible shops. You get products that are often better-made because our neighbors stand behind them.

Strengthens our community. Local businesses donate money back into the community at more than twice the rate of national chains.  They have a vested interest in their own community. They are also uniquely prepared to take on challenges of the twenty-first century with an agility and relationship-based approach others lack.

Leverages local expertise. Independent business owners are passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?