Comparison Study: Shopping Local vs. Shopping at Oakbrook Center

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by Dave Noble, The Elmhurst Funion Weekender

Elmhurst City Centre and local business owners urge you to “shop local”.  But just a few miles away, the Oakbrook Center shopping mall offers retail options that are sometimes hard to resist, even for Elmhurst residents who want to support local businesses.  So where should you shop?  The Elmhurst Funion Weekender answers that question by breaking down the advantages of Shopping Local vs. Shopping at Oakbrook Center.

Acceptable attire

SHOPPING LOCAL: Yoga pants and a North Face jacket
SHOPPING AT OAKBROOK CENTER: Something you see in Marie Claire magazine
ADVANTAGE: Shopping Local

 

Empty storefronts have signs that read

SHOPPING LOCAL: “Call for leasing information”
SHOPPING AT OAKBROOK CENTER: “We only netted $475,000 last year, so they made us leave”
ADVANTAGE: Shopping at Oakbrook Center

 

Biggest parking perk

SHOPPING LOCAL: New customer parking initiative means you can leave your car anywhere on the street while shopping
SHOPPING AT OAKBROOK CENTER: Valet at several locations around the mall
ADVANTAGE: Shopping Local, because you don’t have to leave a tip

 

Penalty for shoplifting

SHOPPING LOCAL: Arrested and publicly humiliated when your name appears in the Elmhurst Patch
SHOPPING AT OAKBROOK CENTER: Arrested, but hailed by friends and family for “sticking it to the man”
ADVANTAGE: Shopping at Oakbrook Center

 

Advertising Slogan

SHOPPING LOCAL: “She skipped the mall and loved it!”
SHOPPING AT OAKBROOK CENTER: “She skipped a car payment and loved it!”
ADVANTAGE: Push

 

Possibility of spending your entire paycheck

SHOPPING LOCAL: Low, unless you’re buying a fur
SHOPPING AT OAKBROOK CENTER: High, unless you’re only shopping at Sears
ADVANTAGE: Shopping Local

 

Shopping bag store names that lift your ego

SHOPPING LOCAL: The Fruitful Yield, Cig-Not, Shell Gas Station
SHOPPING AT OAKBROOK CENTER: Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor
ADVANTAGE: Shopping at Oakbrook Center

 

Number of magic shops

SHOPPING LOCAL: 1
SHOPPING AT OAKBROOK CENTER: 0
ADVANTAGE: Shopping Local, because she will enjoy opening a big box of “101 Mind-Blowing Magic Tricks” more than she will enjoy opening a little blue box from Tiffany & Co.

 

Distance from the hospital in case of emergency

SHOPPING LOCAL: 2.5 miles
SHOPPING AT OAKBROOK CENTER: 2.5 miles
ADVANTAGE: Push

 

Noteworthy shopping event

SHOPPING LOCAL: “Girlfriends Getaway”
SHOPPING AT OAKBROOK CENTER: “Smash and Grab Sundays”
ADVANTAGE: Shopping at Oakbrook Center

 

Something your kids will enjoy

SHOPPING LOCAL: Throwing pennies into the City Centre Plaza fountain
SHOPPING AT OAKBROOK CENTER: Watching your credit card get declined
ADVANTAGE: Shopping Local

There you have it!  Shopping Local edges Shopping at Oakbrook Center by a nose.  So skip the mall and shop in Elmhurst this weekend!

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