Shop Perquimans where the shop owner knows your name and you'll find unique destination stores whose customers come from near and far to experience unmistakable warmth, a fabulous mix of products and staff expertise.


Money spent at a locally owned business stays in the local economy and continues to strengthen the economic base of the community. Small, locally-based businesses make vital contributions to communities and neighborhoods; they account for the largest share of net new jobs generated each year, and provide some of the most stable employment opportunities in a community. Small local businesses tend to have less negative impact on the environment, because often they are located in central business districts or in other existing retail areas, require comparatively little infrastructure investment and can make more efficient use of public services. Perhaps just as important, today’s entrepreneurs and creative workers are attracted to the kinds of places that value and preserve their distinctive character and local culture – the kinds of places that nurture an economy of vibrant, unique businesses.