In its sixth year, Monadnock Buy Local experienced an 8% growth rate in its membership. This movement now includes 163 business owners, representing 23 towns and well over 1,000 jobs throughout the Monadnock Region. A notable addition to its membership is its first municipality: the City of Keene is now a member of Monadnock Buy Local.
“Locally owned businesses in communities with Buy Local efforts experienced a 9.3% increase in revenues last year,” said Jen Risley, Monadnock Buy Local Executive Director. “That’s double what independent businesses in communities not served by such efforts saw. Efforts like ours are making a difference.”
A recent study found that when money is spent locally in the Monadnock Region, up to four times more of that money recirculates through the local economy generating more jobs, charitable contributions and other community benefits.
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Help drive the success of two Complete Streets demonstration events happening in Swanzey on August 29th and Keene on September 19th. A segment of roadway in each place will be temporarily transformed into a safe (and fun!) place for all users, whether walkers, bicyclists, motorists or bus riders.
How can you help?
- Donate/loan out materials (street furniture, potted plants, pallets, etc.)
- Organize an activity (pop up retail store, parklet, public art, etc.)
- Share your ideas
- Volunteer to help at the event
For more information or to help, contact Tara Germond at 603-357-0557 or email@example.com
View Complete Streets Demo Events flyer.
Inspiration from The Better Block Project:
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On June 2, 2015 Keene Mayor Kendall Lane proclaimed July 1 – July 7 as Independents Week:
I salute our community members and locally owned independent businesses who are integral to the unique flavor of Keene and honor their efforts to make Keene the place we want to live and work.
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Originally posted at Monadnotes
The month of May finds us celebrating warm weather and moving our entertainment outdoors. Part of a growing tradition in the Monadnock Region is the Up In Smoke Festival that features BBQ, beer and lots of live music, held at the Cheshire Fair Grounds on May 29-31.
The Festival’s inaugural event was held in May 2013. Monadnock Up in Smoke was founded by Geordie Fifield – owner of Joe Peanuts Wing House and a barbecue competitor himself – with some help from David Devoid. For the first year the focus was the barbecue competition with some live music and a car show. Since then Geordie and David formed a partnership and have expanded the festival. This year you will find three days of music and entertainment, a Kids Zone, demonstrations, contests, craft beers, races, shopping, fireworks, and of course, world class barbecue!
The Festival runs from 4:00 – 10:00PM on Friday, 11:00 – 10:00 on Saturday, and 11:00 – 5:00 on Sunday. Admission is $3.00. For more information, visit the website.
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