From Royals soda shop to The Liberty, Elkin is filled with small businesses. Although some prefer to shop in larger cities, small businesses still provide many of the necessities and luxuries for everyday life here in Elkin. Shopping locally makes a difference to small business owners and means Elkin will have a thriving economy in the future. Jason Brown, owner of Willow Ridge Custom Sawing and Lumber, uses his portable sawmill for anyone needing his services. He said that good customer service and word-of-mouth sharing could help all small businesses flourish. Like many small business owners, Brown has a common-sense approach to serving his neighbors in his community. “I would like to provide the community with a service — something I think they can use,” Brown said.