S.L.O.B.™ is the brainchild of Joe Grant, owner of Grant's Marketplace in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego. He’s a longtime advocate for preserving neighborhoods and the unique quality that locally owned, personality-driven businesses bring to communities. Joe saw a need in the locally-owned business community for a place where like-minded entrepreneurs can both see and be seen, share ideas, and promote their businesses. Rather than bobbing around in the sea of the Internet, vying for customers and competing with big boxes and chains that often have unlimited budgets for advertising, Joe wanted to create a community that exclusively highlights locally owned businesses.
"Locally owned businesses provide so much more than the services or products they advertise. My market is so much more than a deli, coffee shop, market. I can't list all the customized services I provide, there are just too many. Owners who live and work in the same community build special relationships with their customers." ~ Joe Grant (meet Joe)
So, Joe created S.L.O.B.™ It's not just a web-site. It’s a movement--dare we say a lifestyle. As you browse the site you'll see that it showcases the uniqueness of locally owned businesses and helps people find the best locally owned business in their community. Take a look around! You’ll see blogs, Twitters, and Facebook connections, all of which provide visitors with the ability to extend their viewpoints to the community.
You won't just see us on the Web. Joe and his fellow S.L.O.B.™s are out there in the community spreading the word. Look for us at local events, farmers markets, and walk-abouts. We'll be talking up the best local businesses new and old, showcasing local artists, and hocking our cool, locally-designed S.L.O.B.™-wear. Now you know a little about us. We want to hear about you! We believe that at some point most people have had a memorable experience at a locally-owned business.
So, tell us about your greatest memory or experience at a locally owned business. We’ll post stories for everyone to enjoy. Winning stories win a killer S.L.O.B.™ T-shirt. So come and join us. Be a S.L.O.B.™