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Originally posted in the Monadnock Shopper News

7 Ways to Show Your Local LoveThis Valentine’s Day, show your “local love” — your love for your sweetie and your whole community — by purchasing gifts (or gift-making supplies) and meals (or ingredients) at locally owned businesses.

Locally owned businesses offer us much to love.  They strengthen our local economy, culture and well-being. Independent businesses re-circulate four times more money in our community than chain stores.  Moreover, studies show that most new jobs are created by small businesses — meaning today’s purchases are tomorrow’s jobs.

“Talk about a sweetheart gift! If every family in the country shifted $100 of their Valentine’s Day shopping budget to locally owned, independent businesses over $7.8 billion would be directly returned to local communities,” shared our friends at Independent We Stand.
Find all that you need to show your local love using Monadnock Buy Local’s searchable online directory of locally owned businesses: Find Independents.

Here are seven extra special ways to show your local love this Valentine’s Day:

  • Send a Singing Valentine with the Keene Cheshiremen Chorus: a 4-part a cappella that will sing live (and by surprise) to your sweetie.
  • Experience a romantic dinner at The Inn at East Hill Farm on February 11th at 6:00 p.m. Dinner includes appetizers, entrees and desserts for $60 a couple.  Add roses from Coll’s Garden Center and Florist in Peterborough to complete your evening. This is a BYOB event and reservations are required.
  • Enjoy a Taste of Peterborough: Valentine’s Dance and Dessert Tasting on February 13th from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Peterborough Community Center.  Tickets are $25 each and on sale at the Toadstool Bookshop and Steele’s Stationers in Peterborough. For more information, visit The Hope for Gus Foundation on Facebook.
  • Listen locally on February 14th at 3:00 p.m. when The Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough presents “The Faces of Love” a Valentine’s concert with pianist Virginia Eskin, mezzo-soprano Jazimina MacNeil, and guitarist Jose Lezcano.
  • If you do choose flowers for your Valentine, we encourage you to buy them from a local florist — but why not offer something more unique, like a bouquet of locally grown greens from the Farmers’ Market of Keene (open on February 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Colony Mill Marketplace) or a Flower CSA Share from Vera Flora Farm in Gilsum?

So, show lots of local love this Valentine’s Day, and the love will circle back to you, your loved ones and — best of all — your entire community.

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Originally published in the Monadnock Shopper News

February is here and Monadnock Buy Local has love on its mind… Love for our locally-owned and independent businesses, that is!  Join our annual Show Your Local Love Campaign by sending your favorite locally-owned businesses a Valentine’s Day Card.  Last year 25 citizens participated – this year, we hope to inspire 100 of you to Show Your Local Love.

You are invited to mail your own cards (better yet hand-deliver your card during your next visit) or use Valentine’s Day Cards available for you to download and print for free on Monadnock Buy Local’s website. You can choose to mail, hand-deliver, email or share these cards on Facebook.

“What a brilliant idea,” said community member Elise Burdick. “Spreading love and letting our local businesses know how much we really appreciate all the wonderful goods and services they have to offer!”

What else inspires us to Show the Local Love? 

Locally-owned businesses give us much to crow about.  They strengthen our local economy, culture and well-being. Independent businesses re-circulate more money in our community than other businesses, when they purchase from other local businesses, service providers & farms and donate to local non-profits.  Moreover, studies show that most new jobs are created by locally-owned businesses – meaning today’s purchase at independent businesses are tomorrow’s jobs.

This year, Monadnock Buy Local Member and Artist Pamela of Prettydreamer donated photographs of her whimsical creations for us to use in our Valentine’s Day Cards. Pamela creates toys and useful items out of wood, wax, fabric and other materials in her home-based studio.  “Here I am two hands and a mischievous imagination making lively, useful, colorful, simple things for home and play.” Be sure to view her shop on Etsy.

If you typically buy gifts for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, think local first!  There are many great local options for your sweetie.

Looking for something as sweet as your love?

“Love works in so many glorious ways,” shared John Sepe of MindFull Books & Ephemera in Jaffrey. “So think about how many hearts you can touch when you buy something for your sweetie locally. Let’s make it a BIG Valentine’s Day in the Monadnock Region.”

Show your local love today – and feel free to pass this idea on to your friends, family and neighbors.

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