Thinking Local First

Shop or Buy Local First is a common call to action. The threat to local businesses with competition from online commerce is real and growing, so it is important to patronize local businesses if we want our downtowns to continue to be vibrant and a place to connect with our community. The Upper Valley has hundreds of locally owned businesses that create jobs, pay taxes, donate time and money to local charities, and provide expert services so it is important to keep your dollars local when shopping or eating out.

Looking for that perfect gift or cozy piece of clothing? Visit Fat Hat Clothing Co. in Quechee and White River Junction. Need a cup of joe in Hanover? Stop in at the Dirt Cowboy Cafe. Love to knit? Check out the amazing selection of yarns at Scratch Supply in Lebanon and while you’re in Lebanon – enjoy a wood-fired pizza at Three Tomatoes Trattoria, a cappuccino at Lucky’s Coffee Garage, or a lunch special at Marsh Brothers Deli at the Little Store. Search the Local First Alliance members directory for the dozens of other retail and restaurant members.

Shopping local first only gets us part way there. Banking local, supporting local professional services, and getting your news from local sources are also important things to do to support our Upper Valley community. Ledyard National Bank and Mascoma Bank invest in our communities by providing mortgages, business loans, and investment opportunities that  build our economy.  Using local professional services are also an important way to support our economy. A.B. Gile, Woodstock Insurance, Janson & Colgan, PLLC, and John Ring, CPA are just a few Local First Alliance members to consider for your professional services. Find more professional services in the Local First Alliance member directory.

Supporting local news sources not only helps our economy but also ensures that we continue to have news organizations that are rooted in our communities and focus on issues that matter to the Upper Valley. Subscribe to or advertise in the Valley News and the papers from Greater Good Media– the Lebanon, Quechee and Norwich Times. Support VT Digger, VPR and NHPR and visit DailyUV to get a truly Upper Valley perspective.

Think Local First! You can find all Local First members in the member directory.
Remember to Keep it Local & Look for the Logo. Local First Alliance!