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  • October 17, 2017 5:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Works Café proudly announces the launch of its first-ever mobile ordering app for iOS and Andriod. Starting today at The Works Café in Keene, guests can place their order right from their phone or tablet.

    App users can order and pay through their mobile device.  They can also schedule a pickup time in 15-minute increments.  Past orders are easily accessed for even faster ordering of favorites -- and users earn loyalty points each time they order, redeemable for discounts and other rewards.
    As a thank you for downloading The Works Café Mobile app, users will receive $5.00 off their next mobile order.

    The Works Café will announce its timeline to roll out the app in all its cafés at a future date.
    “We are incredibly excited to offer this app to our customers  -- allowing them to get a healthy meal with greater speed and convenience,” said Richard French, President of The Works Café.  “When you come to pick up your order, you’ll see that we stayed true to our mission by repurposing an old shoe rack for our mobile ordering pick up area.”

  • October 07, 2017 6:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Monadnock Buy Local invites all locally owned businesses in the Monadnock Region to participate in this year's Shift Your Shopping campaign running from November 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. 

    Shift Your Shopping includes our signature community event called Plaid Friday on Friday, November 24, 2017 and a newer event called Cider Monday on Monday, November 27, 2017. 

    "During the winter holiday season, Monadnock Buy Local works extra hard to ensure that our spending matches the community values we support," said Jen Risley, Executive Director of Monadnock Buy Local.  "To make our 'think local first' message stronger, we participate in the Shift Your Shopping campaign.  This national movement encourages citizens to support job creation and economic growth through their holiday purchases at locally owned and independent businesses."

    Plaid Friday on Friday, November 24th is a day when community members show their support for local and independent businesses by wearing plaid.  The event was created in Oakland, CA and spread to the Monadnock Region seven years ago.  Last year, over 200 individuals registered to participate throughout the region and Monadnock Buy Local is making plans to attract an even bigger response this year. 
    "The store was busy all day [during last year's Plaid Friday].  Lots of customers know about Plaid Friday and are wearing plaid -- even babies," said Françoise Bourson, owner of Joseph's Coat in Peterborough, NH.  "In fact we were so busy ringing up customers, we forgot to take any pictures."

    Cider Monday is a direct and delicious assault on the Monday after Thanksgiving, infamously known as Cyber Monday. It's an opportunity to connect in-person and pause to reflect on the hidden impacts of shopping with online giants. Locally owned businesses participating in Cider Monday will offer community members a warm welcome and a cup of delicious cider on Monday, November 27th. 
    "Customers are promised cider and smiling servers that will not crash," said Willard Williams, co-owner of the Toadstool Bookshops in Keene, Peterborough and Milford and founder of Cider Monday.  "As always, we'll offer personal service, advice and the opportunity to touch and try items -- with no logins or passwords necessary!" 
    Participation in these events is free. Monadnock Buy Local will share promotional materials and inspiration on its website that any business is welcome to use.  Businesses are encouraged to connect with their customers and let them know that they plan to celebrate Plaid Friday on November 24th and/or Cider Monday on November 27th.

    This year's Shift Your Shopping and Plaid Friday sponsors include Badger Balm, Brie & Vessie, CC&D's Kitchen Market, CJ the DJ, The Cheshire Horse, The Economizer, The Farm Concessions & Cafe, The Fitzwilliam Inn, Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Howard's Leather, The Inn at East Hill Farm, Korvin Appliance, Joan's Personal Chef Service, Katz Architect, Korvin Appliance, LuvINK&Paper, MB Massage Studio, Monadnock Food Co-op, Nest: Mother Child Home, Of Moose & Mountain, One Stop Country Pet Supply, Steele's Stationers, Ted's Shoe & Sport, Walpole Mountain View Winery, VizionZ and Yoga with Josephine.

    Shift Your Shopping promotional tools, social media posts and other updates will be posted at https://monadnocklocal.org/shiftyourshopping.

  • October 04, 2017 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Become a Monadnock Buy Local business member by October 13th and get one free ticket (worth $35) to Hannah Grimes Center's CONNECT Event on November 7, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  Best of all, your renewal will not be due again until April 1, 2019.

    Tickets are limited — so become a Monadnock Buy Local member today.

    Join Today!

    Need help with the process? Email us today.

    More about this year’s CONNECT 2017: Main Street 2.0

    The Hannah Grimes Center, The Keene Sentinel and Machina Arts are once again combining their energies to present CONNECT, our premier networking event of the year on Tuesday, November 7th from 5:30pm-7:30pm! Over 400 people attended last year’s CONNECT event, we expect tickets to sell out. Get your tickets early, this is an event you do not want to miss!

    The event includes GREAT music, DELICIOUS local food, drinks and more.

    Get a sneak peak of Green Energy Option’s NEW retail building on 37 Roxbury Street, our event venue, slated to open in 2018.

    This year’s keynote speaker will be Greg Tehven (or Greg from Fargo).

    Machina Arts, which specializes in melding art, lighting, and mood, is working with several groups to display downtown ideas generated at a Hannah Grimes “Idea Jam”. Ideas range from increasing public art, building Keene as the solar capitol of NH, encouraging more walking, Downtown Keene as a conference center, and more sidewalk and pedestrian space on Main Street.

    Monadnock Buy Local’s installation will feature local economy-building ideas for the future like a local stock exchange, local currency and online marketplace for locally owned businesses.

  • October 04, 2017 6:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join Monadnock Buy Local and The Local Crowd Monadnock at the Hinsdale Farmers Market's October Festival on Sunday, October 15 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at River Park in downtown Hinsdale. Enjoy fun family crafts and delicious locally grown and made food.

    RSVP today!

    Come celebrate the harvest and learn more about the Hinsdale Beautification Committee and Hinsdale Police Department's efforts to bring their town together to build a stronger -- and more beautiful -- community.  SEE how they want to use TLC Monadnock's crowdfunding platform transform Main Street crosswalks into safer ones.  Give a great idea in Hinsdale a lift and check out their Safe Streets demo at this event.

    Stop by our table and learn more about how individuals, organizations and businesses are raising funds using TLC Monadnock, an innovative locally based crowdfunding platform.

    Here we are at the Winchester Pickle Festival in September -- hope to see you in Hinsdale!

  • September 28, 2017 6:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Saturday, September 30th at the Monadnock Fall Festival, Tiffany Mannion will be appointed the first Bicycle Mayor of Keene. In this role she will represent cyclists in the region and bring together those who need to be involved to get more people in the Monadnock region on bikes. Tiffany is a regular bicycle commuter and explorer and expects to ride close to her goal of 3000 miles this year. By becoming the Bicycle Mayor of Keene, Tiffany will join a worldwide network of Bicycle Mayors, called the Bicycle Mayor and Leader Network.

    Working with the Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation, she will focus her two-year term as a Bicycle Mayor on three areas: education, connection and creation. As the Monadnock Region’s only certified cycling instructor, she will set up educational programming and work toward adding other certified cycling instructors in the region.  She will connect college, university and businesses with the benefits of bicycle -friendly programming and connect the great work of our region that points to a shared future of confident riders and supported infrastructure.  And she will create an online hub connecting our region of riders with opportunities to know your neighbor with events and initiatives such as bike kitchens, bike shares and community rides.

    The Bicycle Mayor and Leader Network is initiated by Amsterdam based startup CycleSpace, which has the aim of getting the next billion people on bikes in order to accelerate the shift from car-centric to human-centric cities. It supports and advances the local needs of cycling in the respective communities of the Bicycle Mayors and encourages the Bicycle Mayors to connect and share experiences to create a global movement with a local impact. The program started in Amsterdam with the election of Anna Luten as the first bicycle of Amsterdam in 2016. Last year Bicycle Mayors from Mexico-City, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Baroda, India joined. Tiffany Mannion will be the first Bicycle Mayor in the United States.

    In order to be appointed as the Bicycle Mayor of Keene, Tiffany received  endorsement letters to bring this global initiative by the Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation, Pathways for Keene, Mayor Kendall Lane, The Monadnock Cycling Club, and the Swanzey Police Department.

    The appointment will take place at 1:00 pm at the Gazebo bandstand at the Monadnock Fall Festival.

    From left to right, the Bicycle Mayors of Amsterdam, Mexico-city, Sao Paulo, Baroda India and Sydney

    About CycleSpace

    CycleSpace is making the shift from car-centric to human-centric cities possible through acting as a catalyst for breakthrough solutions around cycling. We create and accelerate ideas, kick start collaborations, and launch global innovations and programs. We have an ambitious goal - for 50% of all city trips to be by bike by 2030. We call this ‘50 by 30’ and we believe it will lead to fundamentally healthier, happier and more prosperous cities. Cycling is more than transportation. It is transformation. In all our work, we never stop asking ‘Where can the bicycle take you?’

  • September 28, 2017 6:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock, a locally based crowdfunding platform hosted by Monadnock Buy Local, hits the road to travel to events in Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Swanzey and Winchester.  We plan to go where the crowds are to let more people know how they can use TLC Monadnock to raise funds for an initiative, organization or business based in their town.   In its first six months, TLC Monadnock raised over $14,000 from 192 supporters for three different crowdfunding campaigns.

    Do you have an idea that could use a lift?  Then, please join us to learn more about TLC Monadnock at two community events in October.

    The Hinsdale Farmer's Market will host TLC Monadnock during its October Festival on October 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Celebrate the harvest with us and learn more about the Hinsdale Beautification Committee’s efforts to bring the town together to build a stronger  -- and more beautiful -- community.

    Ash Hill Center for the Arts in Swanzey will partner with TLC Monadnock to host a "Fair-ly Creative" event on October 22 from 11am to 4pm.  Artists and creative businesses from the Monadnock Region will demonstrate their skills and crafts. Invited exhibitors include painters, wood workers, jewelry makers, musicians and line dancers.

    Last weekend, we traveled to the Winchester Pickle Festival in Downtown Winchester.  It was DILL-licious!  Mark Florenz of Archway Farm in Keene joined us with his sausage trailer -- which he purchased with funds raised through TLC Monadnock. He’s now able to sell his pasture-raised pork and other locally made products at events like the Winchester Pickle Festival.

    Stay tuned for an event in Chesterfield this spring. We plan to partner with Chesterfield Community Supported Solar to highlight their citizen-inspired, citizen-directed project to install solar panels that will bring locally generated renewable energy to their municipal buildings.

    TLC Monadnock's outreach efforts are funded by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Elting E. Morison Fund. Have questions?  Please contact us at monadnockbuylocal@gmail.com or 603-499-7950.

    Placemaker Crowdfunding Update

    TLC Monadnock's third online crowdfunding campaign reached its goal of raising $5,000 to support Monadnock Buy Local's Placemaker Local Rewards program. Fifty-nine supporters contributed $5,150 -- voting with their dollars to bring Placemaker to the Monadnock Region.

    Placemaker is an innovative online platform that tracks purchases made at participating locally owned businesses and offers gifts and discounts to users who spend their dollars locally. Instead of independent businesses working to build customer loyalty on their own, they can band together through Placemaker and inspire more people to spend their dollars at locally owned businesses. Placemaker will also provide real-time data that Monadnock Buy Local and other economic development organizations can use to measure their impacts and refine their efforts.

    This crowdfunding campaign went beyond raising start-up funds for our new program.  It demonstrated another use of TLC Monadnock, to gauge community support for launching a new service in our region. We hope other businesses will use TLC Monadnock as a market research tool, too.

    The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock is a locally based crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals to support the businesses, organizations and initiatives that grow wealthier and healthier communities in the region.  Crowdfunding, or the practice of raising funds to support a project from a large number of people, is a viable alternative to recruiting businesses from outside the region to boost economic activity.

    Have an idea that could use a lift from TLC Monadnock?  Learn more about what it takes to launch a crowdfunding campaign with us.
  • September 26, 2017 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Monadnock Fall Festival

    September 30, 2017 - 10 am - 7 pm in Downtown Keene, NH

    Check for updates at Monadnock Fall Festival's Facebook Page

    RSVP on Facebook

    MUSIC (Rain Location in parenthesis)

    Monadnock Food Co-op Stage  (Rain Location: County Courthouse)
    11:15am Qunicy Lord
    12:45pm Brienna Pearl
    2:15pm Crazy Love
    3:45pm Zero Front/Patrick Evans

    Central Square Gazebo  (Rain Location: Former Ingenuity Store, 41 Central Square, Keene)
    11:30am Senie
    1:00pm SOTA
    2:30pm End of Never
    4:00pm Immune Friction
    5:30pm Sunny Lowdown

    Railroad Square  (Rain location: Former Phat Stuff Store, 84 Main St., Keene)
    11:00am MOCO Kids
    12:00pm Brian Jennings Quartet
    1:30pm Low Budget Band
    3:00pm Zombie Beatdown
    4:30pm Baba Ray
    6:00pm Murphy’s Blues


    Fun One Road Race:  8:00AM

    Keene Farmers' Market:  Gilbo Ave.  9:00am-1:00PM. Music by Matt Chase

    Haystack Sculptures:  Various Locations in Downtown Keene

    Bicycle Mayor of Keene Appointment: Central Square Gazebo 1:00PM

    Affordable Art Sale: Heberton Hall  10:00AM to 4:00PM

    Cardboard Explosion:  Children’s Program at Keene Public Library 3:00PM

    Play, Drive, Sleep:  A Music Documentary by Pocket Vinyl The Hive at Hannah Grimes 12:00PM

    Colonial Theater:  Free Films. 1:30PM

    Keene Chamber Orchestra Ensemble: St. James Church 7:30PM

    The VanBurens:  Live at The Hive 8:00PM 

    VENDORS Include:

    Adorned by Becca, Beeze Tees, Blue Highways Trading Co., Body and Soul, C & S Wholesale Grocers, Community Kitchen, Downtown Fitness for Women, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Friends of Public Art, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, GROW, Get Real Oil Wellness, Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Historical Society of Cheshire County, Horatio Colony House, Keene Music Festival, Keene Downtown Group, Keene Family YMCA, Keene India Association, Keene Public Library, Life is Sweet, Little Zoe's Pizza, MC2, Meridian Azura Fine Art, Monadnock Oil & Vinegar, Monadnock Food Co-op, Monadnock Natural Health, Monadnock Travel Council, Montessori School House of Cheshire County, Of Moose & Mountain, National Federation of the Blind, Option 1 Fitness, Partner City Committee, Redfern Art Center, Sherrie Paltrineri &Tina Alexopoulos – Lularoe, Simple Nest, Soul Blossom Body Arts, Southwestern Community Services Energy Program, Teds Shoe & Sport, Turn It Up, Valvoline, Debbie Tawse, Keene HS Boosters, Keene Agricultural Commission

    The Monadnock Fall Festival organizers wish to thank:

    KDHC, The Downtown Group, Cheshire County Historical Society, Machina Arts, Monadnock Buy Local, and all of the organizations and individuals who participated and assisted for their support in the production of the 2017 Monadnock Fall Festival.

    This day is dedicated to the memory of Brian Costa; who served our community well and will always be in our hearts.
  • September 25, 2017 6:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ash Hill Center for the Arts "Faire-ly Creative" Event

    Ash Hill Center for the Arts in Swanzey is holding an event in partnership with Monadnock Buy Local and The Local Crowd Monadnock.  It's a fun and festive event called "Faire-ly Creative" Event.  We invite artists, creative businesses and food & drink vendors to consider becoming an event vendor.

    Event Details:
    October 22 from 11am - 4pm at the Ash Hill Center for the Arts in Swanzey
    The Local Crowd Monadnock will partner with the Ash Hill Center for the Arts "Fair-ly Creative" event. Artists and creative businesses from the Monadnock Region will demonstrate their skills and crafts.

    $20 exhibitor space fee

    Exhibitors may sell their work, but the focus should be on demonstrating what they do or developing an activity to engage the public (especially children).

    Interested?  Have questions?
    Please contact Pam Dexter at Ash Hill Center for the Arts at phdex.nest@gmail.com.

  • September 24, 2017 9:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Button Up New Hampshire, the popular home energy savings workshop series, is coming to Keene, NH. The City of Keene’s Cities for Climate Protection Committee, the Monadnock Progressive Alliance’s Climate Action Team, the Monadnock Sustainability Network and Southwest Community Services are hosting this free workshop for residents.  The workshop will take place on Saturday October 7th at the Stone Arch Village Senior Housing Community Room at 835 Court Street in Keene, NH. Doors open at 9:30am with the presentation from 10:00am-11:30am. The workshops are being sponsored by NHSaves and coordinated by the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI). To check out the workshop flyer, click here.

    Keene-ButtonUp-2017 flyer

  • September 14, 2017 6:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation Carsharing Subcommittee is gathering information about interest in Keene and the Monadnock Region for Carsharing. Please help us out by taking this short survey:

    Take the Carsharing Survey

    Want to learn more about carsharing?  Read information on MAST's website, read MAST's carsharing report, or come to the next MAST carsharing subcommittee meeting.

    All responses are confidential, and information will be used for planning purposes only. THANK YOU!

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