By shopping Monument first, you protect local character and prosperity. There is no other place in the world like Monument. When we buy from locally owned business, we protect Monument’s unique character. Locally owned business build strong communities by their presence, linking neighbors through economic and social relationships, and by contributing to local causes such as Tri Lakes Cares. Locally owned business return more money to the community than do chain stores. When you shop locally, you help to create jobs, fund town services, and invest in community development.