Last year at about this time, the YpsiVotes gang held a community forum on downtown business and what we, as members of the community, could do to help keep our locally-owned stores here and thriving. The session was well received and productive, and a lot of cool things came out of it. One of the best was that a friend of mine named Karen, motivated by what she’d heard and seen that evening, put together a a flyer encouraging people to do their holiday shopping locally. (That link will load a pdf.) The flyer named all the local businesses that we could think of, and grouped them into categories, like “antiques,” “clothing/jewelry/shoes,” “candy/novelty,” and “home goods.” We then distributed the flyers around town, and, through this site, began asking our friends and neighbors to take a “Buy local” challenge and do all of their holiday shopping here in Ypsi. The mayor agreed to do it, as did at least a few dozen other people. And, City Council agreed to name a “Buy Local Week.”
Well, Karen’s moved away now, and I’d like to keep the initiative going. And, toward that end, I’d like to enlist the help of a few volunteers. First, we need a group of folks willing to update the flyer. Then, we need help designing and printing them. And, finally, we need help distributing them and getting the word out. There are all kinds of other things we could do, like have a webpage where people could sign a “Buy Local for the Holidays” pledge, but we can worry about all of that after we get the basics taken care of.
So, if you’re up for helping out, leave a comment or send me an email and I’ll track you down once a time and a date for meeting has been set.
Ideally, we’d get this up and running just after Thanksgiving so that it’s in full swing by the time the Shadow Art Fair rolls around on December 1.
[note: For those who would like to know more about why locally owned businesses are important, my post on Michael Shuman is probably a good place to start.]