The Holidays are fast approaching and your local business owners are gearing up for a spectacular local holiday season. We have so much in the works and want to share it all with you. Our goal is a whole “Shift Your Shopping” approach encouraging the community to think about small businesses before they head out shopping for the season. A little support goes a long way. As a thank you for your support you’ll get chances to win $250 in NLF Bucks that can used as cash to shop local!
First up is Plaid Friday
Local First initiatives all over the country have adopted this great adaptation to Black Friday. The name Plaid Friday was conceived from the idea of weaving the individual threads of small businesses together to create a strong fabric that celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses. Plaid Friday is the relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the big box store “Black Friday,” and is designed to promote both local and independently owned businesses during the holidays.
While wearing plaid is not essential if you do wear plaid we will love to see it and you’ll get more chances to win in our a Local Shopping Spree!! Read on….
We will promoting a “Shop Small Weekend” from Friday through Sunday incorporating Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday into one with Sunday as an added bonus!
When you shop at any of our participating business Nov 27-29th you can pick up a Shop Small Passport. For each purchase you make in a small business you’ll get a sticker (or stamp or code). Each sticker is a chance to win. The more stickers, the more chances. Wear plaid and you’ll get a bonus chance to win! Any plaid will do. (sure, plaid socks count just be sure to show them to us at checkout!)
We will be giving away $250 Local First Bucks. The Grand prize is $125, Second prize is $75 and third prize is $50.
What about your favorite business that isn’t retail or does not have a storefront? We’ve got that covered too. Service based businesses can offer a promotion that you can order over and pay for over the phone. You’ll receive a special code that can used on your passport and counts as an entry.
Passports will be available in all participating retail locations in the days before Thanksgiving. You will also be able to print one from home here.
Passports can be submitted at your last stop of the day or returned to various drop boxes at Heart & Stone, The Purple Rose and Lala Java by end of the day Monday Nov 30th.
Small Business Saturday has grown more and more every year and we are so grateful for the community for their support!
Last, but not least, The Northboro Holiday Trolley
Climb aboard the 10th Annual Northboro Holiday Trolley as it makes its way up and down Main Street, stopping along the way at designated businesses, churches and library, all decked out to help families celebrate the season. Enjoy caroling on the trolley with vocal singers and participate in holiday activities, crafts, music, food & drink along the way, all while supporting local businesses.
We are still planning so our site will be updated soon…
Riders will receive a complimentary shopping bag, courtesy Central One Federal Credit Union & Northboro Local First, and a trolley map. Collect raffle tickets at Designated Stops to bring to the Community Affairs Tree Lighting ceremony at Blake Street at 5:00PM to be entered to win some fabulous raffle prizes. Grand Prize! A $500 Shopping Spree at any of 30+ Northboro Businesses from Northboro Local First.