Beginning tomorrow, July 1st, Shop Local Raleigh kicks off Independents Week 2011 (July 1 – 7) with an opportunity for us to win one of seven shopping sprees (values from $250 to $50) to Shop Local Raleigh member businesses. And who are these “member businesses”? Well, I’ve compiled a short list of the businesses I plan to visit, but you can find many more on the Shop Local Raleigh directory.
Quail Ridge Books & Music – As a certified cookbook-aholic, I rarely pass up a sale. So I will be browsing the cookbook section on Monday, July 4th, for the “Celebrate Your Independents Sale”.
The Irregardless Cafe – Brunch is the best meal of the week (IMHO), though the Irregardless serves much more than a fabulous brunch.
The Raleigh Wine Shop – The new wine shop on the block, on South Glenwood, and a pick up for Hilltop Farms CSA members.
Escazu Artisan Chocolates – This is a no-brainer. It’s all about the yummy chocolates.
Sparians – Seems like it’s time to see how my Wii bowling skills translate to the real world, and it’s a fun place for a date night too.
We, as avid consumers and loyal supporters of locally owned and operated businesses, can participate by picking up a game card at one of the member businesses (or download the card here). To complete the game card, simply visit twelve different Shop Local Raleigh member businesses between July 1 and September 15, and have a shop representative mark an empty space on your card with their unique signature. Once all twelve spaces are filled, mail your game card to Shop Local Raleigh. Additional details, and other opportunities to enter, can be found on the game card. So go get that card, folks!
Meanwhile in Durham…
The Sustain-a-Bull team has put together a super fabulous (IMHO) week of promotions and events, for the week of July 3rd – 10th, with their member businesses. All you need to do is practice saying, “Sustain-a-Bull”, then go visit some of Durham’s great locals. You can find a complete list of all the participating businesses here, or take a look at these opportunities I’ve got my eye on:
Guglhupf will be raffling off items each day, like a dessert party for six, a picnic basket for the beach, or a $50 dinner gift certificate, to customers that mention Sustain-a-Bull.
Magpie Boutique (near West End Wine Bar in the West Village warehouse district) is offering a series of discounts during the week and ends the week with a drawing for a shopping event & wardrobe consultation.
Morgan Imports will give customers that mention Sustain-a-Bull an extra 5% off most Summer clearance sale items.
Ninth Street Dance is offering $5 off select dance workshops to new and returning customers that mention Sustain-a-Bull. Here’s your opportunity to get your *dance* on, Durham.
Parker and Otis is offering varying daily discounts on items like cookbooks (I’ll be there on July 5th!), children’s merchandise, cookware, bath & body products, and ends the week by raffling off a $100 gift certificate!
The Regulator Bookshop on Ninth Street is waiving the regular membership fee to join the Regulator’s Discount Club! Join the club and reap the savings.
Wine Authorities, your favorite local independent wine shop, will add an extra 20% when you add cash to your Enomatic card and say “Sustain-a-Bull”. You don’t know what an “Enomatic” is? Gosh, then you have a really good reason to visit Wine Authorities. They’ll be happy to show it to you, I’m certain.
And in other parts of the Triangle…
Many of our Triangle towns organize community-oriented events one day of each month, not only to draw customer’s attention to local business, but to showcase their town’s unique spirit, individuality, and to build bonds. This First Sunday, make a trip to Pittsboro. Next Second Friday, visit Chapel Hill and Carrboro, or attend Art after Hours in Wake Forest. Last Fridays are fine in Hillsborough too. And of course, there are summer Saturdays in Saxapahaw.
There’s always something special to treasure, just around the corner. Explore your locality and you’ll find something to love there too. Promise.