Tariffs are on the mind of many U.S. business owners and manufacturers. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a tariff as “a tax on imports or exports… tariffs are used by governments to generate revenue or to protect domestic industries from competition.” President Donald Trump has increased the price of tariffs from several places around the world, specifically in China. He’s raised tariffs from 10 to 25 percent on Chinese imports hoping this might cut the United States trade deficit. Some businesses that rely on foreign suppliers for materials to make their products have increased the price of their goods to offset the increase in tariffs. But not all American businesses manufacture in other countries or use materials purchased overseas. Some benefit from American made products, like Josie Morrison, the proud owner of Charming Chics Boutique, found on West General Screven Way here in Hinesville.
Charming Chics Boutique is a lady’s fashion boutique ranging in sizes small to 3X. Morrison has been in the boutique business for three and a half years and has been at the current location for a year and a half. “I buy from the LA fashion market. I buy products from there because it gives me unique styles and looks that are not available at other markets.” When asked if she was affected by the tariffs her answer was ‘no’: “Most of our things are made in the USA and that’s one of the things that we really strive to distinguish ourselves from other retailers. It hasn’t affected our buying at all. Our things are very affordable. Other than the lines: Made in the USA handcrafted jewelry, Sterling Silver, raw gemstone jewelry – and that’s kind of a store within a store – the boutique line has nothing over $40.”
Due to the ongoing tariff debate, Morrison has decided to run a “Shop local, Buy American” campaign. “We are very much advocates for buy local and we support other local businesses in the community as they support us as well. We are also huge supporters of the Fort Stewart community, we give a military discount every day. We just know that the Made in America products does mean something.”