Every dollar spent at a local, independent business returns 2-4 times more to be re-spent in the community than a dollar spent at a non-local business. With consumers reporting that they will spend more than $1,000 for holiday shopping this year, according to a 2018 National Retail Federation survey, a shift to local purchases represents a significant contribution to local jobs, taxes, and community support.
This season make sure your gift giving matches your community values and keep your money here at home by patronizing locally owned services and businesses. Search the Local First directory and shop at stores owned by your friends and neighbors, and enjoy expert service, unique product selection, and know that you are strengthening the Upper Valley by keeping your money circulating in our community.
To encourage shopping locally this season, the Shop Indie Local campaign highlights the value and importance of thinking local first. Support this effort and visit our wonderful and diverse community of local businesses on these special days:
Plaid Friday, November 29
Turn Black Friday on it’s head and take part in Plaid Friday events this year! Our community is stronger when we all engage with our community (plaid is made up of interwoven fabrics!). Visit these businesses during their Plaid Friday events:
Trail Break taps + tacos– Where they wear plaid everyday will be opening for lunch on November 29! They are even offering 14.05% off guest’s total check from 11:00am to 3:00pm – all they have to do is say ‘it’s about damn time (or darn time, if so inclined)’ and give us a high five! Offer also good on Saturday 11/30, along with the following Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Dan & Whit’s General Store
West Lebanon Feed & Supply
King Arthur Flour Store + Bakery
Small Business Saturday, November 30
Shop Small and keep your dollars here at home when shopping at these businesses:
The Country Cobbler
Cider Monday, December 2
Appreciate the personal service and community aspects of shopping locally during this special day aimed at combating Cyber Monday. Visit these locally owned businesses and enjoy cider and community cheer as you make shopping a joyful fun event:
The Co-op Food Stores, all locations
Ledyard National Bank- all locations
Revolution, White River Junction
Yankee Bookstore, Woodstock
Dan & Whits’ General Store, Norwich
Give the perfect gifts this season: gift certificates to Local First businesses!
Here’s a great option that supports a thriving White River Junction! Visit Revolution to choose your adventure!
Support our community while giving the perfect that your friends and family will appreciate AND that strengthens our Upper Valley economy. Make a difference this year and Shift Your Shopping. Think Local First!