As you know, The Coachella Valley Art Scene is an community arts blog, however once a year we do a special post dedicated to the art of Math and Economics.

Wait – don’t go anywhere!!!

Math and Economics can be fun and interesting…we promise – especially when shopping is involved.

Friends, fans and readers of The Coachella Valley Art Scene:

Before you embark on your epic shopping spree this holiday season we’d like to encourage you to make conscious effort to educate yourself not just where your dollar is going, but how spending your money wisely directly effects you and your community.

To make the whole “educating” part a little easier (because we all know artsy people naturally have a harder time with math and numbers), we have provided some great visuals, easy-reading-facts, and even quick links to more information.

After learning about where your money goes and why you should shop local, scroll down a bit more to check out our list of places that we personally like to shop here in the Coachella Valley!

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Check out the fantastic pie graph below that explains how our dollars are broken down and divided and recycled back into the economy.

There is a chain reaction in the economy that goes something like this: You spend $100 in a shop. The sales tax is roughly 9 percent, depending on where you make the purchase. That 9 percent gets divided among the parish, the school board, the sheriff’s department, the fire departments, the municipality, etc.

Nationally, statistics have shown that for every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 of it returns to the community through the employee payrolls, taxes, homes, cars and so forth. In addition, if you spend your money online, none of it recycles through the community.”

The rest of the money helps the merchant pay his bills for doing business. This trickles down to things like insurance, utilities, vendors, employee salaries, etc. Those employees then spend their salary money on other gifts or necessities like food, housing, clothes and maybe even things from where they work, keeping other merchants in business.

When you spend locally, the money recycles into your house, your neighbor’s house, the police and fire department, everyone gets to pay their bills and everyone wins.

Sometimes buying on-line or from outside the area simply can’t be helped. But whenever possible, supporting local merchants supports the local economy and in a roundabout way, supports ourselves.



If this isn’t enough, we found 10 great reasons to shop local via!  check it out:

** 10 Reasons Why Shopping Local is Cool ** 

  1. Buy Local — Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.(Click here to see summaries of a variety of economic impact studies; these include case studies showing that locally-owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the community and our tax base.)
  2. Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
  3. Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.  “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust
  4. Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
  5. Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
  6. Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
  7. Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
  8. Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.
  9. Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.  A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
  10. Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
 – information provided by




So, with that being said…below are a list of retail shops that The Coachella Valley Art Scene bloggers like to shop at all year long.

Each shop offers something different, so little something for everyone.  Make sure you at least go check it out…


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Epidemic Skate Shop

72363 Hwy 111 Suite A2Palm DesertCA.

(760) 346-4760

owned and operated by Glen Coy

Cool Facts:

* this shop has been in business for over 10 years

* The CVAS Art Gallery is located inside Epidemic!!! Yes, that means that you can even support a local artist while shopping – cool



The Fine Art of Design

73717 HIGHWAY 111Palm DesertCA.

(760) 565-7388

owned and operated by Nicky Delgado

Cool Facts:

* FAoD is home to vintage clothes

* rare vintage books and magazine

* super cool record collection



Fresh Out the Box

73-614 Hwy 111 Palm Desert CA, 92260

(760) 346-3682

owned and operated by Eddie Ochoa

Cool Facts:

* the desert’s only “street wear” clothing shop

* urban wear for both men and women




66169 Pierson Blvd  Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

(760) 251-0588

Owned and operated by a pair of super cool siblings; Stephanie Santos and Zach

Cool Facts:

* not just a store, but a desert jem & landmark in itself!  a must see

* amazing prices for amazing finds

* always cool music and interesting conversation

* there’s also a home furnishings section if you ask



Deja Vu Vintage Finery

664 North Palm Canyon DrivePalm SpringsCA.

760) 699-5365

deja vu vintage finery palm springs photo by sarah scheideman

deja vu vintage finery palm springs photo by sarah scheideman








artist based out of Indio, CA

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Casen Kreation

artist based out of La Quinta

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casen kreation sweaters

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Cakefetti Clothing

fashion designer based out of Palm Desert

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Hope this helps!

Now get to shopping!…..