Think Local First DC to Host Shop Local Week 2013

Think Local First DC | 11/11/2013, 9:50 a.m.
Courtesy of thinklocalfirstdc.com

This holiday season, Think Local First DC urges D.C.-area residents to support local businesses with Shop Local Week. The weeklong campaign, beginning Saturday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 8., promotes locally owned, independent businesses in Washington D.C., as the preferred outlet for consumers this gift purchasing season.

Shop Local Week 2013 encourages shoppers to spend within the communities in which they live. Nearly two-thirds of the money spent at a locally owned business is reinvested in the community—funding jobs, schools, parks and community organizations.

The week kicks off on Nov. 30, or “Shop Small Saturday,” featuring “Charity Cash Mob” events, which continue through Dec. 3. During this time, a portion of customers’ purchases at participating businesses will be donated to the 501(c)(3) organization of their choice.

Other special events during the week include pop-up shops, which will feature products from local vendors, at participating brick-and-mortar businesses in the District. D.C. consumers who are unable to attend the week’s events can also purchase products online via Think Local First’s virtual Shop Local Week Portal. In conjunction with Smart Growth America’s “Production in the City,” Think Local First will also host a pop-up event – “Made in D.C. Marketplace” – on Thursday, Dec. 5 at at the new IdeaSpace building at the Washington Navy Yard. For additional information on the week’s full schedule of festivities and to find a participating business, go to www.shoplocalfirstweek.com.

“This campaign is a true representation of what we are trying so hard to achieve,” said Stacey Price, executive director of Think Local First. “We’re giving local businesses the opportunity to truly engage their communities and in turn, community members have the equal opportunity to support and strengthen local business in their neighborhoods.”

Individuals who want to show their support for Think Local First’s Shop Local Week can follow @thinklocaldc on Twitter and like Think Local First DC on Facebook.