When shopping for that perfect holiday gift – think local first!

A gift certficate for a Local First Alliance business is a thoughtful gift that supports your community!

Give the Gift of Local

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From November 1st to December 31st Local First Alliance works extra hard to encourage you to make sure your spending matches the community values you support.  The Shift Your Shopping campaign is a national movement encouraging citizens to support job creation, economic growth, and community through their holiday purchases at locally owned and independent businesses.

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PLAID FRIDAY is November 24, 2017

Show your support for local and independent businesses and wear PLAID

Plaid Friday celebrates the diversity and creativity of local and independent businesses. It’s a fun and enjoyable alternative to the big box store “Black Friday” consumer frenzy. Also, it’s a way to show your support for Local First Alliance – a network of locally owned businesses working to build a stronger local economy. So plan to wear PLAID all day on November 24th!

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Small Business Saturday – Celebrate Our Unique Independent Businesses!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Instead of Cyber Monday, a day when online merchant offer special deals, we invite you to a new tradition, CIDER MONDAY.

Don’t sit at home- shop locally and engage with your friends and neighbors while supporting our local economy. Visit a participating businesses and enjoy cider while shopping.

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Three times as much money stays locally when spent locally. This reverberation of economic power, the local multiplier, results in an interdependent network of known and trusted businesses and service providers buying from one another over and over again. This is the fabric of a strong local economy.

Thinking local first means remembering the multiplier and voting with your dollars for the kind of community you want to have.

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Our program is underwritten by these community partners

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 Chippers   LaValley    King Arthur Flour    GER_logo_clr

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*  Sustaining Members  *

A.B. Gile   *   Erika Gavin Design    *   Farm-Way    *    F.H. Clothing Co.

John Ring, CPA   *   Jake’s Market & Deli and Jake’s Coffee Co.   *    Skinny Pancake

Ledyard National Bank    *   Lyme Green Heat    *   Nomad Communications

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