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  1. 3 Big Events For Supporting Local For The Holidays

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    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….

    Small Business Saturday


    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.


  2. Meet Rita Matraia of The Core Connection

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    coreThe Core Connection & Yoga Loft located at 290 West Main Street in Northborough is a premier fitness studio offering a variety of classes to address all fitness needs. Our overall focus is correct movement, body awareness and core engagement in order to provide a safe and effective environment for getting strong and staying healthy. We offer Pilates on the mat and reformer, Yoga, Zumba, Barre, Barefoot Cardio, Personal Training, Restorative Exercise and much more. Our programs meet the needs of teens to elders. There is truly something for every BODY!

    About Rita:  Starting my career in the business world as an auditor and completing my MBA in Entrepreneurship provided me with the skills needed to thrive in today’s business world. As a young competitive gymnast, the capabilities of the body had Core Imagealways fascinated me and throughout my business career, movement was always my escape during heavy work loads. I came to realize that physical activity was my true passion and I was driven to help others incorporate movement into their lives. Helping my clients to achieve their goals pushes me to continually learn more and more about the body in order to provide an exceptional level of fitness training.


    What inspires you?

    My clients inspire me the most because they are so committed to living full, healthy lives and work hard to make fitness and well-being a priority in their lives for themselves and their families.

    What do you love about owning a small business?

    So many things! I love the team of instructors and staff that I work with. I love being able to implement the latest fitness research immediately into the business so that all can benefit. And I love being able to give back to the community with events like the Turkey Trot (a Thanksgiving Day 5k to benefit the Northborough Food Pantry).

    Why did you choose Northboro for your business location?Core image 5

    My husband is from Northborough and we decided to raise our family here because it is such a wonderful town. I wanted to have a positive effect on the community that I live in. This was extremely important to me.

    Why do you feel that supporting local businesses is important?

    This is is where we live and work. It is important to support each other and keep our community strong by providing jobs and economic opportunity to our local community. This will enable us to continue to deliver unique services and products that you just can’t get in big chains.

    You’re celebrating 8 years. Congratulations!! What do you attribute this success to?

    Building this business one client at a time and one instructor at a time.  I take the time to consult with potential clients about the different classes we have and what I think would be best for them. I have worked hard to find expert instructors who understand movement and have the commitment and the vision that I have to help others. The clients who work out at The Core Connection know that we are a family that supports each other, works hard and has fun together.

    core image 4Quick Fire Round:

    • My first job:  Providence Journal Paper Route at 12 years old
    • My favorite movie: Working Girl
    • I cannot live without: Movement and the great outdoors
    • Beach or mountains: Mountains! Hiking and breathing fresh air.
    • The best advice I ever received: Love what you do.
    • A cause I care deeply about:  Hunger

    Photo’s by Joyce Maranto of Maranto Studios