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:
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
Small Business Saturday, November 24
Shop Small and keep your dollars here at home when shopping at these businesses:
The Country Cobbler
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
Yankee Bookstore, Woodstock
Dan & Whits’ General Store, Norwich
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!