Confused about all the special days our Local Business Alliance is celebrating? Some of them offer an antidote to the mainstream shopping frenzy, giving you a chance to celebrate and build our community instead. All these events share the same goal of encouraging us to shift our holiday spending from big box chain stores to locally owned independent businesses. Here’s a short description of each of them – participate in the ones that resonate with you:
Wear plaid on Plaid Friday to show your support for our local economy and commitment to buying local this holiday season. The day to wear plaid is Friday, November 29th and includes specials, raffles and more: www.MonadnockLocal.com/PlaidFriday/.
Some Monadnock Buy Local members are serving as Plaid Friday Hubs. Hubs will photograph customers decked out in plaid and answer questions about Plaid Friday and Monadnock Buy Local. Others are offering even more! For example, Mayfair Farm in Harrisville will transform into a holiday bazaar as part of Plaid Friday, stocked with Christmas trees, locally made gifts and food. Joining them is Sarah’s Hat Boxes of Hancock, Holland Homestead of Hillsborough. and Kimberly Peck of Peterborough. The Mayfair Farm store is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, but Plaid Friday activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 29th. For more information, call 603-827-3925.
Small Business Saturday
American Express promotes Small Business Saturday as a day to bring attention to the impacts of small businesses while encouraging us all to “shop small.” This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 30th: www.shopsmall.com/.
That’s not a typo! Instead of Cyber Monday, a day when online merchant offer special deals, the Toadstool Bookshops invite you to a new tradition, CIDER Monday. On December 2nd, stop in for a free cup of cider and browse their amazing selection of books: www.toadbooks.com/.
Tuesday, December 3rd is a national day of giving back that encourages us to volunteer and donate to nonprofits. Nonprofits are a vital part of or local economy – this is the day to focus on them: www.givingtuesday.org/.
Shift Your Shopping
Think of Shift Your Shopping as the umbrella promotion, running from November 1st to December 30th, which all the days above fall under.
Why so many special days? It’s hard to keep focused on buying local during the busy holiday season; these days remind you of your commitment. Have you shared your commitment to shift at least 10% of your holiday purchases from non-local businesses to locally owned businesses known? You can share your pledge today — with the world — on our website or Facebook Page.
Celebrate the holiday season with us — shift, give, and revel in all that we have in this amazing region, while helping us grow a more robust local economy and community. Happy Holidays everyone!