Think Local First





Join me in helping Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Think Local First in their mission to support and cultivate locally-owned, independent businesses that are committed to making our community a healthier and more vibrant place to live.

You can pledge to spend 100%, 80%, or as much as you can at locally owned independent businesses this season. As a thank you to those taking the pledge, 10 people will be randomly selected to win gift certificates from a variety of great places like Cafe Luwak, Corner Brewery, Morgan & York, and Kerrytown Market & Shops.

Click HERE to take the BUY LOCAL CHALLENGE, or if you are in Ypsilanti, click HERE to take the YPSI BUY LOCAL CHALLENGE.

Below are a few of the events going on around town:

December 7th, All Evening

Moonlight Madness (Kerrytown, Main St., and State Street, Ann Arbor). Stores open late (most until midnight) with bargains galore. Shop with Santa. Many businesses offer specials during Moonlight Madness only. Some include:

  • 16 Hands Gallery: 20% off storewide 10am until 11pm
  • The Peaceable Kingdom: select items on sale
  • Suwanee Springs: 15% – 50% off storewide all day
  • Collected Works: specials throughout the store
  • Downtown Home and Garden: While Downtown Home & Garden ALWAYS matches boxstore and internet prices on All-Clad and LeCreuset cookware items, they’ll be offering 20% off during Midnight Madness.

December 7th, 6 – 8 pm

Slow Food Huron Valley Holiday Gathering: Finger-food potluck and Michigan holiday wine tasting –Location: 310 S. Ashley (Hathaway’s Hideaway). Bring an hors d’oeuvre/finger food to share (with the recipe and your tableware) We’ll exchange ideas for local (food) gifts, ways to celebrate and support our local economy and food system and give gifts with lower environmental impact. Cost: $5 ($10 non-member) for food and good cheer; + $10 for wine tasting. RSVP or questions to Kim at

December 8th, 10am – 2pm

Downtown Home and Garden: Party for the Real Santa – Santa will be accepting wish lists and talking to children. Children get a Christmas orange. Adults get eggnog and roasted chestnuts.

You can also find more information about these and other local events/happenings HERE.

Where we spend our money can have a significant effect on the sustainability of our surroundings. Supporting local businesses will ensure that the people and places that make our cities and towns unique can survive and continue to operate. So wherever you live, I encourage you to increase your connection with your community and neighbors. This can be as simple as buying your fruit from a vendor who sells local produce, getting your haircut at an independently-owned barber, or re-filling your prescription at your neighborhood pharmacy. It’s an investment in a healthy, happy future.


4 Responses to “Think Local First”

  1. Rose Says:

    Hi Christine,
    We don’t think about it, but what makes a city or a small town different from the others is in fact these small, independent businesses. Imagine if all our cities were a giant mall or a big Wal-Mart. That sounds scary.

  2. Shannon Says:

    Hi Christine,

    My name is Shannon and I’m the editorial assistant at I am very impressed with the quality of your posts and to that end, I’d like to invite you to be a part of our newly launched Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program. I would love to send you more details about the program, so if you are interested, please email me at


    Shannon Eliot
    Editorial Assistant,

  3. Jen Says:

    I’m going to forward this to my pal who just moved to Ann Arbor! I live outside of Boulder, Colorado and Boulderites love their local businesses too. I’m glad A^2 is of like mind and action 🙂

  4. holybasil Says:

    Rose –
    You’re right…it is scary to imagine. I realize this more and more as I see malls taking over the downtown businesses. It’s just not right.

    Thanks for your kind words. Congrats on your website – it looks great.

    I hope your friends are adjusting well, despite the flatness of our area! I’ve never been to Colorado but I’ve heard plenty of good things about it.

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