CELEBRATE BUY LOCAL WEEK – DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH 8TH
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.