December is ‘buy local’ month and we’ve all heard buying local is a good thing to do, but how important is it for our town’s economy? Boulder is home to unique boutiques, galleries, locally owned and independent stores and shops, outdoor farmers’ markets as well as national retailers.
We’ve compiled a list of things that impact your community when you make purchases – as well as a few ways you can support businesses locally.
- Strengthens Local Economy
- Supports Local Groups/Organizations
- Puts Your Taxes to Good Use
- Creates More Jobs
- Keeps Our Community Unique
- Helps Reduce Climate Impacts
- Encourages Entrepreneurism & Local Prosperity
- Helps the Community Become More Sustainable
Take a look at a few places to go and things to do during the holiday season in Boulder in celebration of ‘buy local’ month!
Enter Boulder Weekly’s pledge to spend ‘locally’ to win!
Go to BoulderWeekly.com to encourage our community to spend locally this holiday season and make a pledge to the 2010 Boulder Weekly I Love Local Holiday Pledge. Here you’ll have to agree to spend $100 or more at locally-owned businesses during the holiday season to be entered in their contest of prizes prizing and giveaways. You can enter by “liking” their Facebook Page or clicking here. Contest winners will be announced in the December 30th edition of Boulder Weekly. Go ahead and pledge – what are you waiting for?
Buy a Downtown Boulder Gift Card
Why not love the local business scene downtown? When you purchase a Downtown Boulder Gift Card this season until December 31 for $50 or more, you will receive a Downtown Boulder holiday gift of a a canvas bag, umbrella, parking coupon and skating coupon to the Ice Rink at One Boulder Plaza—while supplies last! More perks for buying the gift card, info. and other participating business special such as BOGO’s, visit www.boulderdowntown.com/gift-cards.
Support local artists by attending the local vendors market such as the Firefly Handmade’s Holiday Market December 10-12 on Pearl Street
At the event, some of Boulder’s best local handmade crafters market will showcase their goods and services at 19th and Pearl (in the former Boulder Food Co-op space) where 60+ local makers with their lovely handmade goods will be displayed for you to take advantage of to purchase for your loved ones this holiday season! There will also be sandwiches from Dish Gourmet, kids craft activities sponsored by Clementine Studio, a community table hosted by the Makerie and Eco Gift Wrap from Lyziwraps and more from the locals!
Info: Dec. 10-12, 2010 at 1904 Pearl Street. More at http://fireflyhandmade.com/market.html
Visit a ‘Boulder’s Best’ locally-owned business such as Glacier Ice Cream
Anytime you’re in the mood for ice cream, Glacier Ice Cream is a brand well-recognized locally and one that comes to mind immediately! Even in the wintertime this local business has the freshest ice cream in town. You can purchase pints they sell year-round at their Baseline and 28th Street locations. Don’t forget to sign up for their birthday club on their website at www.glaciericecream.com.