Think Local First & SAVE this Season!

Local and independent businesses bring value to our communities in many ways: preserving community character, creating stable jobs, supporting area organizations and nonprofits, and strengthening our local economy by keeping our dollars in the Upper Valley.

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There are lots of reasons to think Local First this holiday season, and here’s another: deals!

Below is a list of events and special offerings from Local First Alliance members to help you get a great deal while you keep your dollars where your heart is this season – in the Upper Valley!

LaValley Building Supply – Offering a 10% bonus LaValley gift card with any purchase of a LaValley Gift Card $50 or more (through Dec. 24).

West Lebanon Feed & Supply Black Oil Friday Sale Event (11/23-25) and our special Gift Card promotion begins on 11/23.

Great Eastern Radio – Hot 97.5 hosting SANTA PAWS with our community business partner West Lebanon Feed and Supply. Pet Photos with Santa, and a portion of the proceeds to benefit area dog parks and humane society’s. December 8 and 9 at West Lebanon Feed & Supply.

Q106 and 923 GXL to host a day long Text “HAVEN” virtual Food Drive November 30 to support the Upper Valley Haven Food Shelf.  Hourly local business partners in the community will put challenges in as well to encourage participation.

KIXX will have an on air promotional schedule for the Annual David’s House on line Auction Friday December 8th

Farm-Way  Many holiday specials including these brands: Pandora, Vera Bradley, Baggillini, LeCreuset, and Big Green Egg.

                

 

LISTEN Community Services Holiday sale  Dec. 7- 25. All LISTEN Thrift Store purchases support our local community programs including the Holiday Basket Program.

 

Three Tomatoes Trattoria Send a Three Tomatoes Gift Card for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation, holiday, congratulations or just because.

To celebrate our 28th Anniversary, We’re offering you 28% more! Purchase $500 in gift cards between November 15 and December 24 and receive $140 in an additional gift card. Can be used towards today’s check!A portion of proceeds will be donated to local non-profits.

  

Holiday Open House, Saturday, November 17, 9-6pm

  • 10% off your entire purchase all day long*
  • Cider & Cider Donuts
  • FREE Lake Champlain Chocolate Bar with your purchase. Every bar contains a free gift, FIVE lucky bars contain a $100 gift card!!!**
  • 15 Weeks of Giving – Enter to win great gifts including a $300 Preseason Plant Card!

*In-stock merchandise only. Excludes gift cards, services, stone and heating product.
**Offer valid while supplies last. One bar per customer.

Small Business Saturday: Nov., 24 – Buy One Houseplant, Get One Half Off (includes poinsettias)

Free Pie Day: Friday, December 21 – Come in and celebrate our anniversary of becoming 100% Employee-Owned with a free slice of local pie!

Details at Gardner’s Supply.

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Plaid Friday – November 23, Small Business Saturday- November 24, Cider Monday – November 26

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Crossroad Farm is the BOM!

Crossroad Farm is the November Business of the Month and to celebrate they are raffling off all the fixing for a Thanksgiving feast – a Misty Knoll turkey and basket of local veggies!

Visit the their Norwich farm stand, congratulate them for being the BOM,
and enter for a chance to
win your holiday meal!

For more than 35 years Crossroad Farm has been growing food for our community! The farm was started by Tim and Janet Taylor on 10 acres with just family labor. They now have grown to over 40 acres with 20+ employees. You can find their produce in our community at their two farm stands, Post Mills and Norwich, the Co-op Food Stores, and a variety of local restaurants.  At their Norwich farm stand, Crossroad also sources many fruits and veggies from other area farms – increasing the diversity of locally available produce while strengthening and expanding our food economy!

Commitment to Community

Crossroad Farm’s fruits and vegetables are sold within a 40 mile radius from the farm to establishments that include local restaurants, food markets, summer camps, and schools. Crossroad also offers a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, based on a pre-paid share system available at both of their farm stands! Sign ups could still be made for the month of November so you can fill your holiday table with locally grown produce from this Local First Alliance member. The 2019 CSA season will open mid-January.

For seven months of the year, they harvest and market seasonal produce, all to the local Upper Valley community. This includes donations to local food shelves, schools, Willing Hands, and The Upper Valley Haven with the commitment to give back to the community. Willing Hands visits the Norwich stand daily to pick up vegetable seconds, while gleaners visit the farm in Post Mills frequently to harvest thousands of pounds  of produce for donation.

Crossroad encourages everyone to “think local” through eating, purchasing, and hiring locally. Over the last 35 years the farm has hired over a hundred local high school students from Thetford, Rivendell and Sharon Academies, as well as Hanover, Chelsea, and Oxbow High Schools.

 

Shift Your Shopping this Season!

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 an average $1007 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 Alliance 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 Shift Your Shopping 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:

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Plaid Friday, November 23

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:

Dan & Whit’s General Store

West Lebanon Feed & Supply

King Arthur Flour Store + Bakery

Norwich Bookstore

 

 

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Small Business Saturday, November 24

Shop Small and keep your dollars here at home when shopping at these businesses:

Norwich Bookstore

The Country Cobbler

 

 

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Cider Monday, November 26

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

Revolution, White River Junction

Norwich Bookstore

Yankee Bookstore, Woodstock

Dan & Whits’ General Store, Norwich

 

 

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Give the perfect gifts this season: gift certificates to Local First Alliance businesses!

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!

 

 

Celebrate Co-op Month with the Co-op Food Stores!

Celebrate October as Co-op Month, Fair-Trade Month and
Co-op Food Stores as the Business of the Month!

Visit the Co-op Food Stores during the month of October and save 10% off purchase of Co-op Brand Coffee from the bulk department when you congratulate them for being the BOM and learn about the many ways the Co-op Food Stores support our community.

As economic engine, employer, buyer of local foods from our farmers, promoter of healthy food for all, or through philanthropy, the Co-op Food Stores is an invaluable partner and participant in our community.

 

 

Co-op Month is an opportunity to celebrate the many ways cooperatives are using innovation to create shared prosperity for their members and communities. The Co-op Food Stores is a shining example of the cooperative principles, especially concern for community. The Co-op Food Store’s mission says it all in six words:

A well-nourished community cultivated through cooperation.

With more than 40,000 cooperatives creating stable jobs and a more sustainable economy across the U.S., co-ops represent a proven way to do business and build communities. Co-op’s see a future where cooperatives leverage their influence and impact through the shared resources of the movement to engage, partner with, and empower people from all walks of life.

 

Fair Trade Month

Fair Trade is a global movement made up of a diverse network of producers, companies, shoppers, advocates, and organizations putting people and planet first.

Fair Trade USA believes that everyone wants to do what’s right – for their families, fellow global citizens, and the planet. That’s why they’re committed to making the right choices the most obvious ones. Based on the simple idea that the products they buy and sell are connected to the livelihoods of others, Fair Trade is a way to make a conscious choice for a better world. A choice for Fair Trade Certified™ goods is a choice to support responsible companies, empower farmers, workers, and fishermen, and protect the environment. In other words, it’s a world-changing way of doing business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Norwich Bookstore is the BOM!

Celebrate The Norwich Bookstore as the September Business of the Month!

And as a founding Local First Alliance member, The Norwich Bookstore has been and an anchor business in downtown Norwich providing the community with expert service, diverse products, and keeping the local economy moving for 24 years! The Norwich Bookstore has been on a mission to deliver newly released titles or your favorite classics in whatever format you like: printed, ebooks, and now digital audiobooks.

For the month of September enjoy listening to books and get 30% off by using the code BOM2018. These audiobooks are available through our indie partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store. Choose from over 100,000 titles!

Audiobooks are easy to download through the store website: norwichbookstore.com. You can listen on your iPhone, Android device, or personal computer.

It has been said that Liza Bernard is a force of nature; at the very least, she’s certainly a force of the local economy.

Along with business partner Penny McConnel, Bernard opened the Norwich Bookstore in 1994 and has been a key player in the “Local First” movement in Vermont and the Upper Valley ever since. Read more about the bookstore that bucked the trend of online book buying in this Valley News Enterprise business magazine article.

As a locally-owned, independent business, we participate in many aspects of our community. We create jobs and pay local taxes. We support schools, libraries and a number of other not-for-profit organizations. We encourage you to help keep the Upper Valley a great place to live, work, and play: Think Local First when dining out, banking, hiring professional services, or shopping for anything — including audiobooks.  Liza Bernard

  

Mascoma Bank is the BOM!

Celebrate Mascoma Bank as Business of the Month August 6-17 and support three nonprofits while you’re at it!

Mascoma Bank has put community first since 1899 and as their way of celebrating being the BOM, Mascoma Bank will donate $1 each to COVER Home Repair (another Local First Alliance member!), Monadnock Humane Society, and AHEAD (Affordable Housing, Education & Development when you comment why you love local on the Mascoma Bank Facebook page. Share your favorite locally owned stores, restaurants, markets, banks, nonprofits, businesses, and services. Let them know how local businesses support your community through donations, sponsorships, volunteering, and other good deeds. Love the quality products and service at the businesses owned by your friends and neighbors – share it and Masoma Bank will support three valuable nonprofits that strengthen the fabric of our community!

Congratulations to Mascoma Bank becoming a B Corp this year! Read more about what that means to the bank and our community below.

 

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For Mascoma Bank it was never a question of if, but more so, when would we become a Certified B Corporation. Joining the ranks of more than 2,500 businesses worldwide focused on doing business for the right reasons was a natural progression for us. Mutuality has always been the cornerstone of our culture. By joining forces with like-minded businesses, we can make an impact greater than we ever imagined. The vision and values of B Corp is the next chapter for a bank steeped in the tradition of neighbors helping neighbors, doing what we can to participate in making our communities an enjoyable, happy, healthy, safe places to live.

Certified B Corporations sign a Declaration of Interdependence identifying that together we can make a tremendous impact by expanding the traditions of giving back, sustainability, environmental protection, transparent business practices, and well-being for our employees and communities. It is not an agreement that is taken lightly. This global movement is dedicated to making positive change in a big way. We are not alone in our vision. Together with companies like King Arthur Flour, Boloco, Ben and Jerry’s and Cabot Creamery our impact will be felt right here in the communities we serve.

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Building a relationship with Mascoma Bank is more than opening accounts and securing services, it is active engagement in the many ways we give back. You become something much greater than just an account holder. We support countless organizations and non-profits, not just by monetary donation through internal committees and Mascoma Bank Foundation, but we roll up our sleeves and get to work with hands-on giving as well. By doing business with Mascoma Bank you choose to be a part of something that will make an impact for good, today and years to come.

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High School Communication Contest Winners!

Local First Alliance hosted the 5th annual Upper Valley High School Communications Competition with the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center’s (HAC&TC) Media Arts class this spring. As part of the student’s culminating project, the class designed a marketing campaign promoting Local First Alliance, and specifically the value locally owned businesses bring to our community.

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The campaign includes print, radio, and video pieces. The project is a good exercise that could prepare the students for a career in media arts while the quality finished pieces are a wonderful addition to their portfolios. This year’s class included: Elise Boyle, Will Higgins, Austin Lemere, Odin Mattern, Jack Beaty, Ali Davis, Madison Hunt, and Savannah Meeker.

Congratulations to the winners!

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Radio: Elise Boyle, listen to radio ad here.

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Video: Ali Davis, view video here.

 

The winning ads will be used in Local First Alliance’s ongoing outreach campaign.

Many thanks to Nichole Romano (Great Eastern Radio), Allison Rogers Furbish (Vital Communities), Bob Sherman (Great Eastern Radio), and Lauren Griswold (Vital Communities).  Special thanks to Mascoma Bank for supporting this project.

May BOM: LaValley Building Supply

Celebrate as we recognize LaValley Building Supply as the May Local First Alliance Business of the Month

For more than 50 years, LaValley Building Supply has been serving our region with professional building supplies and services, creating stable jobs, and giving back to their community.

Visit the West Lebanon LaValley Building Supply May 14-28, congratulate them for being the BOM, and enter for a chance to win a Makita 18V LXT Litium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit.

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LaValley Building Supply—Economic Engine

Contributing to a thriving local economy by creating good jobs and providing value for customers is the hallmark of a Local First Alliance business. When Harold LaValley, a life-long Claremont resident, opened his first store in Newport in 1962, he knew he wanted to create a business that was neighbor helping neighbor, offering affordable and efficient goods and services while supporting a thriving local economy.

Today LaValley Building Supply is the largest independently owned building materials supplier in Vermont and New Hampshire, with 10 LaValley and Middleton Building Supply stores and three manufacturing facilities.

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LaValley’s is an important employer for the Newport-Claremont region: It employs more than 180 people in Sullivan County at its manufacturing business Preferred Building Systems, which builds energy efficient modular homes, and a facility manufacturing trusses, doors, and panels. The family-owned business has created more than 400 stable jobs; most employees have been with the business for more than 10 years, and many are second-generation employees.

Member Spotlight: Lyme Green Heat

When Lyme native Morton Bailey started his business, Lyme Green Heat he was just a guy in a truck delivering bagged wood heating pellets to residential customers around the Upper Valley heating their homes with pellet stoves.

Today this Local First Alliance business has grown to become the only bulk distributor of wood pellets in New Hampshire, serving commercial and residential customers with wood pellet boilers—central heating—throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, and even into Massachusetts.

The shift to bulk pellet delivery for central heating systems has been a big change over the last few years, Morton said, and he couldn’t be more excited to bring what he sees as an easy, renewable, local fuel source to the region. Lyme Green Heat has recently installed boilers at the Montshire in Norwich and St. Thomas Episcopal in Hanover, so the appeal and convenience of modern wood heat has made the systems more popular.

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Vital Communities Energy program has been working with Bailey to promote renewable modern wood heat as an attractive option when it’s time to replace old fossil fuel boilers.

Read more about this Local First Alliance Sustaining member in this Valley News Enterprize business magazine article.

Want to learn more about today’s self-stoking automated wood heat and opt out of oil with delivery of local wood pellets and whole home wood heating systems controlled by your thermostat?

Join Morton Bailey and Vital Communities Energy Program manager on Tuesday, April 10th from 7:00-8:30pm at the Chelsea Town Hall for a presentation, learn about $7000 in available rebates, meet local installers, and enjoy light refreshments.
 For questions, please contact Sarah Brock, Energy Program Manager at Vital Communities, 802.291.9100 x109 or sarah@vitalcommunities.org.
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Copeland is the BOM!

Join us as we celebrate Copeland Furniture as the March Business of the Month (BOM)!

Visit The Copeland Company Store in Bradford, VT March 9-24, congratulate them for being an anchor business that strengthens the Bradford community, and enter for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to the store!

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Copeland Furniture has been in Bradford since 1975 when Tim Copeland opened his small woodworking business and is the largest employer in the town. He initially built products for homesteaders including a popular cider press. Today only 5% of the companies sales are domestic, but his employees are the heart of the business.

“This business is the people who work it. I’m absolutely convinced of that,” Copeland said. “It would be hard to pick up and move to another state. It would be something altogether different.”

Today they produce high quality natural hardwood furniture and Copeland remains a family owned and operated business committed to manufacturing high quality products in America.

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Read more about this Local First Alliance business in a 2017 Valley News Enterprise magazine article.

 

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