We're gathering great Buy Local stories from some of Gainesville/Alachua County's top companies. Check out the list below to learn more about our local economy and click here to tell us your Buy Local story!

Student Maid - Student Maid is an active participant in the Buy Local campaign. We believe that ‘Buying Local’ has a positive chain reaction effect in our community. Our company’s roots are in Gainesville and we truly believe in promoting local business within a community that actively supports us.

"We are all connected." Wal-Mart (From HOME Magazine) - The words buy local often invoke images of mom and pop stores, local farmers and long-standing area businesses. And while it is tempting to think that larger, big-box stores hurt local economies, such establishments actually play a vital role in the system. Read more.

"I'm proud to say we came out of Gainesville." - Dragonfly Sushi Co. (From HOME Magazine) - In the late 1990s, Hirofumi Leung and Song Kim were unemployed UF graduates when they decided to open a temporary, small sushi restaurant. But business picked up quickly and the college friends found themselves moving Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Company into a larger downtown location. Read more.

"Purchasing in town creates more jobs." - A Candies Limousine (From HOME Magazine) - Sander Kaplan is a busy man. He and his wife, Lyncherie, are owners of A Candie’s Limousines and Motorcoaches, a thriving multi-faceted company with limousines, classic cars, sedan service and seven large motorcoaches. He also oversees the construction and administrative functions of nine Burger King restaurants in Alachua, Levy, Putnam and Columbia counties. Read more.

Chocolate Cab - Chocolate Cab is the cab in which passengers can win chocolate for correct answers to questions! Mark the Cab Driver operates Chocolate Cab in and around Gainesville, Florida on Thursday through Sunday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the following mornings. Read more.