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Independents Week: Think Independently and Act Locally

June 24, 2017 6:13 AM | TLC Monadnock (Administrator)

Originally Published in the Monadnock Shopper News

“Changing the way our economy operates starts with a single person.  It starts with you.”

-- Michelle Long, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

Monadnock Buy Local invites you to celebrate Independents Week from July 1 to July 7.  Independents Week is a time to think independently and act locally -- to change the way our economy works and shape the future of the Monadnock Region. It’s also a time to acknowledge the vital connection between independent businesses and the health and wealth of our community. 

Please take some time next week to reach out to at least one independent business owner you know.  Thank them for their spirit of entrepreneurism, individuality and character; the way they give back to our community with their time, talent, goods and services; and how their offerings fulfill your needs. 

Here are some other ways to embrace Independents Week:

Take the Indie Challenge

Here’s the Indie Challenge: From July 1 – 7, 2017, try fulfilling all your needs at locally owned, independent businesses in honor of Independents Week. Sign on to the Indie Challenge today.  Please keep us posted on how it’s going. 

If you get stumped, use our 3,688 Facebook Fans (and your friends and neighbors) to help you brainstorm possibilities. 

Another great resource for finding what you need is our online directory, listing 398 locally owned businesses in the Monadnock Region.  You can search by business type, town or keywords to find what you’re looking for.

Be Local Wherever You Are

Traveling during Independents Week?  Enjoy what locally owned businesses have to offer wherever you are.  Ask locals where their favorite independents are -- and look for networks like Monadnock Buy Local.

Enjoy Independents Week Promotions

In honor of Independents Week, some businesses are offering special promotions to thank you for your support.

Nest :: Mother Child Home in Peterborough will give you 20% off purchases of $50 or more and VizionZ, also in Peterborough, will extend 40% off all prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses to you throughout Independents Week.  Thank you Nest and VizionZ!

Attend Local Events

If you’re planning a “staycation” and staying in the region next week, be sure to participate in local events sponsored by our locally owned businesses and community organizations.  Here’s a sample of the many great activities happening around the Monadnock Region during Independents Week -- get out there and celebrate our Independents!

  • On July 1 and July 2, there’s a Flash Sale at the Monadnock Food Co-op. Stock up and save!  “We will post the items as we confirm the deals,” shared Emerald Levick, Marketing Manager at Monadnock Food Co-op. “But our buyers have rumored that charcoal and 50% off chicken are in the works.”  
  • At the Fitzwilliam Inn, on July 2 from 3 – 7 p.m., enjoy delicious food and Sunday afternoon tunes with Evan Foisy -- a talented local musician.
  • The Keene Swamp Bats' July 3 game against the North Adams SteepleCats features post-game fireworks. The night also includes a Bouncy House for kids and Northern Lights Dance Team performance at 6 p.m. The game starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • On July 1 and 4 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., visit the Farmers’ Market of Keene on Gilbo Avenue.  Find vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meat, eggs, preserves, wines, maple and other locally made products. 
  • Orchard Hill Breadworks Pizza Night in Alstead on July 4 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. includes live music, sparklers, paper lanterns and a cotton candy machine. You bring your own pizza toppings, drinks, picnic blanket, dinnerware and $9 per crust. Orchard Hill Breadworks provides the pizza crusts, cheese and sauce and will cook your pizza in their outdoor oven.  Proceeds go to Monadnock Music.
  • On July 5, there’s a Concert on the Common with Monadnock Island Sounds Steel Drum Band in Downtown Jaffrey from 7 – 8 p.m. The night includes games for children, themed activities and refreshments. See the full schedule for the Jaffrey Summer Concert Series.
  • Top off Independents Week at the Walpole Valley Farms’ Free Family Movie Night at The Barn. The July 6 movie is " Mary Poppins.” The farm serves food from 5:30 – 7 p.m., including the their delectable grass-fed burgers.  Games at 5 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m.  Bring chairs, blankets and pillows. Held rain or shine.

Think independently and act locally this Independents Week and beyond! 

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