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9th Annual Buy Local Month with Lowcountry Local First
Published:
11/19/2015 11:56:37 AM

Lowcountry Local First (LLF) announces the 9th annual Buy Local Month, November 15 – December 15. Buy Local Month is a grassroots movement to build awareness for the positive community benefits of supporting local, independent businesses—particularly during the holiday season. In addition to urging the community to shift their dollars to local businesses, Lowcountry Local First will host a Golden Ticket contest with local retailers throughout the month, in partnership with Sweeteeth Chocolate. The Buy Local Block Party will kick off that contest and the entire campaign, taking place at Local Works located at 1630 Meeting Street. A full list of participating retailers and Golden Ticket prizes can be found at lowcountrylocalfirst.org/goldenticket.

“If we don’t invest in what we value—the businesses unique to the Lowcountry and owned by our neighbors—we run the risk of losing what makes us special and of becoming ‘Anywhere, USA,’” said Lowcountry Local First Executive Director Jamee Haley. “By supporting locally-owned businesses, consumers are supporting job creation and reinvesting more dollars in the local economy, which in turn bolsters our tax base, leading to improvements to parks, schools and the community at large.”

Over 75% of businesses located in cities with active Buy Local campaigns reported increased customer traffic or other benefits from these local initiatives. They also reported sales growth of 7.0% on average in 2013, compared to 2.3% for independent businesses in places without such initiatives, according to a national study of 2,600 independent businesses by the non-profit Institute of Local Self Reliance. “As the Charleston region grows, Lowcountry Local First is working hard to make sure those businesses who are invested here are able to stay here,” said Haley. 

In addition to growing awareness, Lowcountry Local First will hold its second annual community-supported Buy Local Block Party on Saturday, November 21st to connect consumers to local artisans and makers during the holiday shopping season. The Block Party will feature local wares for sale from more than 35 local makers, food trucks, live local bands throughout the day, a beer garden featuring several local breweries and a local Bloody Mary bar. Tickets for the Block Party can be purchased online in advance for $10 or at the event for $15.

Buy Local Month would not be possible without the support of sponsors, including: Limehouse ProduceSC Federal Credit UnionAmerican Automated Payroll (AAP)Mercantile & MashNelson PrintingCharleston MagazineCharleston City Paper 

 

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