Happy December! This month we challenge you to “Think Local” for holiday gifts, foods and celebrations. Work with fellow business owners to promote each other as great sources of holiday cheer, or offer special deals for holiday shoppers. The Trail Towns offer some very unique, locally-owned stores and restaurants that can add a distinctive flavor to your gift-giving.
Businesses can team-up to promote each other through special sale days, all offering special deals and discounts to drive traffic to downtown shopping areas and other small businesses. In Northampton, MA, as the holidays approach downtown becomes flooded with shoppers on “Bag Day” when residents receive a special bag in the local newspaper entitling them to discounts at downtown retailers. There are many other creative ways to feed the local economy, promote your business as a destination for great gifts, and support fellow business owners who will in turn support you! If you need help thinking of ideas or are offering special promotions leave a comment so we can build the movement together!
And don’t forget about local foods for all of your holiday feasting. Enjoy the Allegheny Front’s Local Foods Happy Hour Friday December 11 in Pittsburgh to support the mission of the Allegheny Front, sample some tasty treats and network with fellow local food enthusiasts! The event is $10 at the door. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.