Buy-Local Networking Event Draws Overwhelming Community Support

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More than four-hundred local business representatives and several state and local officials attended 2nd annual Buy-Local Networking and Business Card Exchange. The event was hosted by Superior Woodcraft and the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance.

Sustainable local companies create jobs, strengthen the local economy, and provide needed revenue for schools, roads, and other critical services"

Superior Woodcraft, Inc., nationally-recognized custom cabinetmaker and the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance (DBCA), welcomed more than four-hundred local business representatives to Superior Woodcraft’s showroom on February 24th for a Buy-Local Networking and Business Card Exchange. In attendance were Pennsylvania State Senator, Chuck McIlhinney; State Representative, Marguerite Quinn; Rob Mitchell, aide to Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, and Doylestown Borough Councilwoman, Joan Doyle.

The event gave attendees the opportunity to network while learning more about the exceptional quality and diversity of locally available goods, products and services. Guests mingled amidst an array of sustainably grown and specially prepared gourmet foods, beverages, and delicacies. Along with the DBCA, more than sixteen local businesses displayed samples and product information. Participating businesses included: Blue Moon Acres, Brad’s Raw Chips, Bucks County Farm Fresh, Crossroads Bake Shop, Doug’s Cakes, Laurie’s Chocolates, The Coffee Scoop, PorcSalt, The Market at DelVal, Triumph Brewing Company, Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream, Uniquely Bucks, Wash Tyme and Wycombe Vineyards.

Enthusiasm and positive energy was confirmed by the encouraging comments heard from vendors and invited guests. “Our vibrant, small business community in the 8th District demonstrates how businesses can grow, and our nation can emerge from these tough economic times,” stated Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick.

Pennsylvania State Representative Marguerite Quinn said, “It is wonderful to see the support for our local businesses, and to have the opportunity to buy products made right here in our own community. The collaboration of different vendors showcased the wide variety of local products Bucks County has to offer."

Dave Fleming, General Manager of Shady Brook Farm and The Market at DelVal, stated, "At the college we talk about local and sustainable efforts and how it affects our community. The Superior Woodcraft Locavore event showed how local goes into every aspect of our lives, including our kitchen cabinets."

Brad Gruno, founder of Brad’s Raw Food, had this to say, "Now more than ever, it is important to support our local businesses, so together we can continue to bring our local products and services to our growing community."

“Many of the traditions that the residents of our community have come to treasure and appreciate are a direct result of the commitment, spirit and contributions of our local business owners. Doylestown is one of America’s premier towns, and we thank Superior Woodcraft for helping to bring awareness to the importance of strong local economies and the part they play in building strong communities and enhancing our quality of life,” offered Rich Slabinski, Doylestown Business and Community Alliance.

“Superior Woodcraft is proud to promote the buy-local movement because sustainable local companies create jobs, strengthen the local economy, and provide needed revenue for schools, roads, and other critical services. By acting together, we can all help each other through these trying economic times. The only support and assistance we need is each other, and the tremendous success of the recent Buy-Local Networking Event proves the point,” said Patrick Kennedy, Vice-President at Superior Woodcraft.

About Superior Woodcraft, Inc.
Superior Woodcraft, in Doylestown, PA, designs and handcrafts heirloom-quality cabinetry for the whole home with sustainable methods and materials, providing beauty, utility and peace of mind. Family owned and operated since 1967. superiorwoodcraft.com, http://superiorwoodcraft.blogspot.com

About Doylestown Business and Community Alliance (DBCA)
The Doylestown Business and Community Alliance (DBCA) was formed in 1984 to foster a quality of life beneficial to the residential and business communities. The DBCA’s Shop Local, Dine Local program offers discounts to encourage residents to shop and dine in Doylestown. doylestownalliance.org

About Blue Moon Acres
Blue Moon Acres grows quality micro greens and herbs in Buckingham, PA without chemical pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers or growth regulators. http://www.bluemoonacres.com

About Bucks County Farm Fresh
Bucks County Farm Fresh gathers the freshest vegetables, fruits, and an assortment of other locally produced foods, and delivers them to your home, office or restaurant on a bi-weekly basis. buckscountyfarmfresh.com

About Crossroads Bake Shop
Crossroads Bake Shop creates artisanal breads and pastries in Doylestown, PA with unbleached, unbromated and sometimes organic flour, never using artificial colors, flavors or hydrogenated shortenings. http://www.crossroadsbakeshop.com

About Doug’s Cakes
Doug of Doug’s Cakes in Chalfont, PA, has been baking for over 25 years. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Doug trained and worked with some of the finest pastry chefs in the world. http://www.dougscakes.com

About Laurie’s Chocolates
Laurie’s Chocolates, located in Doylestown, PA, creates handcrafted, small-batch chocolates from pure chocolate and the freshest local ingredients. Chocolate collections include truffles, toffees, bars, caramels, and specially blended hot cocoa mixes. laurieschocolates.com

About The Coffee Scoop
The Coffee Scoop, a new specialty coffee company located in Bucks County, is Fair Trade licensed, and the recipient of the organic certification from PA Certified Organic. The Coffee Scoop starts with superior quality 100% Arabica coffee beans and skillfully roasts them to create a memorable coffee experience. freshcoffeescoop.com

About PorcSalt
PorcSalt handcrafts charcuterie, pates and terrines in the traditions of France and Italy using only the finest farm-fresh ingredients from small sustainable farms. Chef Matthew Ridgway’s mission is to design and create products of only the highest quality and distinction for discriminating customers. porcsalt.com

About Triumph Brewing Company
Triumph Brewing Company offers a selection of freshly brewed craft beers along with a full menu at 3 locations: New Hope, PA, Philadelphia, PA and Princeton, NJ. http://www.triumphbrewing.com

About Uniquely Bucks
Uniquely Bucks is the go-to Internet site for fine art, handcrafted items, gifts, chocolates, home and bath products produced by Bucks County artists and artisans. Artisans are hand-selected for the quality of their work and commitment to customer satisfaction. uniquelybucks.com

About Wash Tyme
Wash Tyme of Bucks County hand makes natural vegetable glycerin soap from recycled vegetable oil with natural fragrances, essential oils, shea butter and olive oil. Gentle, safe and effective. http://www.washtyme.com

About Wycombe Vineyards
Wycombe Vineyards, located in Buckingham Townships Agricultural District, has been in the family since 1925. Their mission is to make the finest local varietal wines from only the freshest, hand picked grapes grown exclusively at the vineyards. http://www.wycombevineyards.com

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