Support Local Businesses


This is pretty cool. Thanks to a reader for sharing this great mission from the 3/50 Project. Their Facebook page says:

“The 3/50 Project supports independent, locally owned businesses by inspiring consumer loyalty to the storefronts that directly fund their communities.

• To promote and strengthen brick and mortar businesses owned by people in the community

• To thank consumers for their patronage

• To expand local revenue streams by showing how a small dollar amount can translate into enormous financial stability

• To shine a light on the stark contrast between what a locally owned brick and mortar business contributes to the local economy and the paltry amount big boxes, franchises, chains, and internet purchases make

• To save the local economy…three stores at a time”

Sounds like a great idea.

18 Comment

  • Too bad we can’t spend the 50 bucks on our favorite local blog! 😉

  • hunter: send dan the money if it’s burning a hole in your pocket. you think he’d say no?

  • Prince Of Petworth

    In lieu of sending me money please donate to the organization I’m posting about at 4:30 this afternoon…

  • Aside from rent/mortgate, utilities and groceries (oh yeah, and liquor) what does anyone spend $50.00 a month on? I always try to support local business, but I’m just not sure I’m getting the idea.

  • I also thought $50 a month was a bit steep.

  • “What does anyone spend $50.00 a month on?”: restaurants; bars; coffee houses; gyms

  • “What does anyone spend $50.00 a month on?”: restaurants; bars; coffee houses; gyms.

  • Hmm they don’t really do a very good job of explaining the rationale for this other than some touchy-feely rhetoric. Are restaurants and bars included? Does my local Giant or Starbucks count? Don’t they employ local people? Does it make a difference if the store sells goods locally produced or just the same thing that Best Buy is selling?

  • “What does anyone spend $50.00 a month on?”: restaurants; bars; coffee houses; gyms…

  • You don’t spend $50 a month on anything other than food, rent, utilities?

    Clearly, you are responsible for the demise of the American economy. Get out there and buy some consumer crap, damn you!

  • I do feel guilty! Is there a non-shopper’aholic meeting anywhere? Every year I keep hoping somone will steal my down vest – which I plucked out of the “left behind” bin in the Aukland NZ Youth hostel in 1985. But it still works, so why buy a new one? I’m also still wearing the great jean jacket left behind at a party in 1991.

    It’s an an interesting problem. I do want to support the economy – especially small businesses, but just don’t need that many scented soaps or African masks. I did actually just drop a bundle on some very cool hand-crafted iron work, and am about to pay a painter instead of doing it myself. I buy artwork when I can. I definitely buy at Miss Pixies, Ruff N’ Ready & Good Wood, but once you have a table, you have a table.

    I bought a great shower curtain at Go Mama Go – but shower curtains last for years. I bought a couple of plants at Garden District, but they’re still alive so I don’t need more.

    It seems all I can do is drink more in bars.

  • Like POP alluded to, why not spend $50 a month on your favorite, local community organization that does good work? I give about that to planusa, but there are a million organizations out there worthy of your dough.

  • It does make a difference whether you buy from a local company or a national chain. When you buy from a local company, more of the tax proceeds stay local. When you buy from a corporation, they go wherever the company is head-quartered.

  • Will this conflict with my membership in the 9/12 Project?

    Just kidding. Good idea.

  • I love what Victoria said, but will support the project… I like shopping at Arthur’s even though I always ask for skim milk and they never have it… so phenomenally much better than waiting in long lines at the Giant.

    Few years ago I was in Barcelona and was stuck by seeing the local bakery staff knowing everyone’s name. I then decided it was worth the dollar markup to be a regular, and to be missed if I stopped going there.

  • I wish I had Victoria’s “problem”!

    Instead, I spend more than $50/month on things like this: (although I bought it at Gingko Gardens while I was picking up a door prize for last weekend’s Hilly Awards – so it was at least shopping local).

    A friend of mine did an experiment over the summer where she only spent money on the Hill for a month (as much as possible). She even switched her internet service to our own Hill-based service provider, DC Access. It was interesting reading her blog and seeing how she did along the way. I *think* I could do it (though not now with the holidays coming) and might experiment with it after New Years. I could definitely not go to NW for a month, it’s the weekly trips to Old Town that might be tough to cut out.

  • I think this is a nice idea, but it’s fraught with a lot of problems. I cannot, under any circumstances, afford to give up Costco.

  • That’s silly. Why should my tax money stay local? Presumably some national firms are located in the region that employ lots of people. Should people in other states not support them? There is no logic here. I’m not saying not to support local businesses of course, I think its great when it works out that way but there should be a rational reason if you are going to make that an end in and of itself.

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