Why Does Shopping Local matter?

Independents bring substantial benefits to their local economies when compared to their chain competitors. The extra dollars in the local economy produce more jobs for residents, extra tax revenues for local governments, more investment in commercial and residential districts, and enhanced support for local nonprofits. In short, locally owned, independent businesses create better places.
— Andersonville Study of Retail Economics

We Give Back

We donate thousands of dollars each year to wonderful causes such as school fundraisers, our park district, local races, wellness initiatives, and to nonprofit organizations such as Hephzibah.

We also volunteer to collect donations at our store; for example, we recently hosted a tampon drive organized by a high schooler who works at Lively. Year-round, we accept donations of gently used athletic shoes, which go to the MORE Foundation.

We partner with BFF, a local women's running group, to provide free shoes to the children at Hephzibah, who often arrive at the home with nothing.

Your Money Stays Here

When you shop locally, your dollars stay in our community. Lively is fully owned and operated within Oak Park. Our headquarters are here, and we pay taxes here.

Lively's owners and employees live here, and we spend our money here. If you shop with us, you allow us to hire people in our community, to give back to local causes that matter to you, and to contribute to the overall strength and economic viability of our village.