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The Power of Plaid

Originally posted in the Monadnock Shopper News

On Plaid Friday, November 28, hundreds of Monadnock Region community members and business owners will wear their plaid like a badge (whether shirt, pants, skirt, scarf, socks, hat or entire outfit from head to toe) — proudly displaying their commitment to shifting more of their holiday spending from big box chain stores to locally owned businesses.1425626_440593572719185_1983016412_nThere’s a certain power that comes with wearing plaid on Plaid Friday.  Plaid, a fabric with individual colors woven together into a larger pattern, becomes a symbol of us — the diverse locally owned businesses, nonprofits and citizens that together form the unique tapestry of a strong local economy.  The plaid serves as a reminder that we’re not merely consumers in our economy, but also producers — creating a stronger local economy together through the purchases we make.

“We can create jobs and build our economy, locally and nationally, by investing in our communities through small businesses, healthy farms and community banks,” said Michelle Long, Executive Director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. “When you spend money locally during the holidays, you are investing in the economic well-being of your community, your neighbors and your family.”

AthenianaireMany studies highlight the positive impacts of supporting locally owned businesses — from job creation to increased charitable giving — but there are also the intangible benefits of supporting your favorite independent businesses.  “I love visiting my favorite shops and people,” shared Rebecca Podniesinski, a Plaid Friday participant.  “Knowing who you are buying from is really a gift in itself. It’s a personal experience, as it should be. Keene shop owners know me and my family — and that is priceless.”

Plaid Friday started in Oakland, CA as an antidote to the consumer shopping frenzy known as Black Friday. In the Monadnock Region, a number of independent business owners will serve as Plaid Friday Hubs, answering questions about the event while taking photos of shoppers decked out in plaid.   Each locally owned business celebrates Plaid Friday differently, but they share the same mission: to encourage more of us to buy local.  Stay tuned for more details at http://www.monadnocklocal.com/plaidfriday.

“More than ever, people recognize economic recovery will be built from the grassroots up and we all have a role to play with each purchase we make,” stated Jeff Milchen, Co-Founder of the American Independent Business Alliance. “By going local, we’re helping our communities as well as treating ourselves and the people we give gifts to a more personal and high-quality experience.”

While we thank all the locally owned businesses owners who support Plaid Friday each year, we want to give a special shout-out to this year’s Plaid Friday sponsors: Korvin Appliance, Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Monadnock Small Business Journal, Black Squirrel Studio, Country Life Restaurant, Monadnock Food Co-op, MB Massage Studio, Gemini Screenprint, Keene Sentinel, Mia Capelli Salon, W.S. Badger and Ted’s Shoe & Sport.  With their extra support, we’ll be able to spread the word about the power of Plaid Friday to more and more people.

Please join us on November 28th in using the power of plaid to galvanize us all to shift our shopping habits this holiday season and make our spending work for our local economy.

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Monadnock Buy Local released its Indie Impact Study detailing the amount of revenue returned to the local economy by locally owned, independent businesses in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. The report found that locally owned retailers return 62.4% of their revenue to the local economy, while national chain retailers return just 13.6% of revenue – meaning that locally owned businesses return over 4x more money into the local economy compared to chain retailers.  The study also concluded that shifting just 10% of purchases from national chains to locally owned retailers would keep $27 million in the regional economy.

“The results of this study will help us better educate our community on the power of spending money at independent businesses,” said Jen Risley, Program Manager of Monadnock Buy Local.  “We now have great numbers relating to how money spent locally recirculates through our economy, creating new jobs, more charitable contributions and a better quality of life for more residents.”

This study is one of a series of Indie Impact Studies carried out by Civic Economics, an organization that measures the “local multiplier effect” in communities throughout the United States.   Their studies found that locally owned businesses return 44 to 71 cents of every dollar in revenues back to their local economies compared to their chain competitors. Read more information about Civic Economics Indie Impact Study Series.

“A community armed with this powerful local data can use it to make better-informed decisions about where they spend their money,” said Jennifer Rockne, Co-Director of the American Independent Business Alliance.  “This goes for citizens as well as local governments and other area institutions. This is important knowledge particularly now, as we enter a season of greater personal spending.  Spending locally is a gift we can give our community.”

Civic Economics provides a data-driven approach to business and community initiatives.  They are noted for the innovative application of industry-standard tools and the development of proprietary methodologies that provide credible guidance and evidence to their clients: www.civiceconomics.com.

Individuals across the Monadnock Region pledge to wear plaid on November 28th to show their support for the local economy.

Monadnock Buy Local’s fifth annual Plaid Friday Event is set for Friday, November 28, 2014.  Individuals are pledging to wear plaid on Plaid Friday to show support for the local economy and their commitment to choosing gifts from locally owned businesses this holiday season. Last year, close to 300 community members committed to participating in Plaid Friday.

Plaid Friday celebrates the diversity and creativity of local and independent businesses. It’s a fun and festive alternative to the “Black Friday” consumer frenzy perpetuated by big box stores. It’s also a great way for the community to show its support for Monadnock Buy Local — a network of locally owned businesses, organizations and individuals working to build a stronger local economy.  This event originated in Oakland, CA with the intent to bring back the times when shopping for friends and family was a pleasurable and leisurely activity.

Fifteen locally owned businesses will serve as Plaid Friday Hubs, photographing customers decked out in plaid and answering questions about this event.  This year’s Plaid Friday Hubs include: Black Squirrel Studio in Jaffrey, CASA 34 Main in Hancock, Cheshire Horse in Keene, Hannah Grimes Marketplace in Keene, Howard’s Leather in Spofford, Inn at Valley Farms in Walpole, Keene Yoga Center in Keene, Life is Sweet in Keene, Mayfair Farm in Harrisville, Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, One Stop Country Pet Supply in Keene,  Terrapin Glassblowing Studio in Jaffrey, Toadstool Bookshops in Keene and Peterborough, Walpole Mountain View Winery in Walpole and Your Kitchen Store in Keene.

The Monadnock Region’s Plaid Friday event is sponsored by Korvin Appliance, Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Monadnock Small Business Journal, Black Squirrel Studio, Country Life Restaurant, Monadnock Food Co-op, MB Massage Studio, Gemini Screenprint, Keene Sentinel, Mia Capelli Salon, W.S. Badger, RaisaAntonia and Ted’s Shoe & Sport.

Event updates can be found at http://monadnocklocal.org/plaidfriday/.

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New this year:  The Shift Your Shopping Spree!  One lucky winner will receive $500 in gift certificates from their choice of Monadnock Buy Local member businesses.  To enter, submit your receipts for purchases made at locally owned businesses from November 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 with your name, phone number and email address to the address below. You will receive one entry for each receipt mailed to Monadnock Buy Local and postmarked before January 1, 2015. A winner will be drawn at random on Monday, January 10, 2015.

Three ways to enter:

Mail your receipts (marked with your name, phone number & email address) to: Monadnock Buy Local 25 Roxbury Street – Suite C Keene, NH 03431

Email your receipts to: monadnockbuylocal@gmail.com

Text pictures of your receipts to: 318-MBLocal (318-625-6225)

Shift-Your-Shopping-Spree-PosterThis contest is part of the Shift Your Shopping annual campaign sponsored by Monadnock Buy Local which encourages residents to shop at locally owned businesses during the holidays to grow our local economy and strengthen our community. Need ideas for how to Shift Your Shopping?  Check out Monadnock Buy Local’s Online Member Directory.

Now available from Kimberly Peck Photography:

2015 Farm. Food. Life. Wall Calendar

* 12 Featured New England Farms * Includes January 2016 *

Description:
11 x 17 inch (when open) 2015 Wall Calendar.
8.5 x 11 folded.
Full Color + Black and White Photographs.
Each calendar is shrink-wrapped for protection.
Printed on fabulous recycled paper + printed in Maine!

Shop Local * Shop Handmade * Shop Happy

As a continuation of her on-going Farm. Food. Life. series, and her first book (Farm. Food. Life: Photographs + Recipes Inspired by Local Farms, published 2013), her new 2015 Farm wall calendar features 12 New England farms with color and black + white photographs. A visual monthly chronicle of New Hampshire farms, her focus, as always, is on the hard work that farmers undertake to produce the vegetables, dairy products, eggs and meat that we eat every day.

The Calendar will be available at these places:
Via phone or email orders: 924.6556 or kpeckphoto@comcast.net
My Etsy Shop (with FREE shipping until December 1) (click to purchase + more photos!)
Toadstool Bookshop : Peterborough NH

Local Craft Fairs:
Monadnock Waldorf School Fair, Keene NH : November 14 + 15
Broke Affordable Arts Fair, Peterborough NH : November 22
Monadnock Food Co-op, Plaid Friday Photobooth, Keene NH : November 28
Living Local Art Fair, Peterborough NH : November 29
Antioch Winterfest, Keene NH : December 11

Kimberly Peck, photographer
Portfolio: kimberlypeckphotography.com
Facebook: facebook.com/kimberlypeckphotography
603.924.6556

Originally posted on The Keene Transition Movement's Community Website and Blog:

MTXiconLast month, quietly and without fanfare, the Monadnock Time Exchange or MTX “unleashed” a new form of currency in our community: the currency of time. And now, as its tagline states, MTX members are sharing our talents to improve our lives – one hour at a time.

So far, MTX members have exchanged time or “hours” for:

  • sumptuous, healthy home-cooked meals delivered to home or work
  • transportation to train stations, airports and adventure parks
  • yard and garden work
  • pet sitting
  • massage
  • editing
  • carpentry
  • window quilts
  • Reiki sessions and classes
  • recycling runs
  • childcare, etc.

And it’s only just getting started!

What is a time exchange and how does it work? It all comes down to, what you need and what you have to offer. A time exchange (or time bank) helps you match your needs with others’ talents, and your talents with others’ needs… and does this in a simple and fun…

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Congratulations to Monadnock Buy Local Member, Steadman Media Group. They took on a large project this year with New Hampshire Made and successfully launched this new website: www.nhmade.com

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NH MADE is excited to announce the official launch of its new website devoted to enhance the user’s ability to locate and purchase New Hampshire Made products and services. Consumer demand for local products continues to grow and NH MADE is your one-stop access to all things New Hampshire; whether you’re seeking locally made products in your neighborhood or unique holiday gifts with a local flair.

Features include:
– Easy to find NH MADE member profiles with links and interactive map
– Direct access to NH-based businesses who provide corporate gifts, fundraising ideas, and wedding favors all with a local flair!
– Consumer-focused, user-friendly online store
– Strong integrations with all social media platforms

The new website offers simplified navigation and search tools allowing visitors, members and buyers a quick overview and the ability to immediately find what they are looking for.

Trish Ballantyne, NH MADE’s Executive Director says “The NH MADE brand represents 800 small business members state-wide who offer a diverse assortment of authentic locally-made products and services. Our new website is all about making these inspiring people and their offerings accessible to all who understand that buying local is best for the economy.”

The concept and design were developed in cooperation with a New Hampshire web strategist and new media business, Steadman Media Group, founded and operated by Mikel Steadman of Troy.

Says Steadman, “The objective was to design, develop, and realize an innovative, much improved e-commerce store and membership center with greater content and functionality, all while placing a focus on enhancing the user experience.”

For more than 17 years, NH MADE has served as the official statewide non-profit member organization created to help strengthen New Hampshire’s economy by increasing the awareness of and demand for New Hampshire-made products and services. To learn more about NH MADE and its members visit, www.nhmade.com or call 603-679-9800.

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