Grassroots groups are rallying stores and shoppers to unite for holiday gift buying. This is great news for those that like to shop at small stores.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 08, 2011
There are 48 pet stores, boutiques, bike shops, shoe stores and other small stores featured on LittleIndependent.com. The startup helps those that like to shop small to find great independent stores and sale merchandise online. Stores that use the site will be participating in events in the month of November that promote the benefits of shopping at local, independent businesses.
The local and independent movement is growing rapidly. According to the New Rules Project at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, in 2005 there were 30 Independent Business Alliance and Local First Groups and in 2010 there were 143. This growth has had an impact on local economies. The percentage change of sales growth in 2010 was more than twice as much in cities that had Buy Local First initiatives compared to those that didn’t.
Grassroots groups are rallying stores and shoppers to unite for holiday gift buying. This is great news for those that like to shop at small stores. Here are five events in November to look out for:
1. Saturday November 12th is Neighborhood Toy Store Day sponsored by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA.)
2. The Shift Your Shopping Campaign of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA,) the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and other groups will be going on all month. This campaign will also encompass Buy Local Week November 25th through December 4th.
3. Little Independent is based in Chicago where Local First Chicago has launched Unwrap Chicago and Chicago Buy Local Week.
4. Small Business Saturday, which is sponsored by American Express, is November 26th.
5. The 3/50 Alliance has launched the Keep the Cheer Here campaign.
Little Independent is a growing community of retailers working together. Most of the stores on the site will be participating in one or more of these events. Links to more information about the events and organizations listed above can be found on the Little Independent blog and in the community section of the Little Independent website.
Founded in 2010, Little Independent is a Chicago-based online marketplace for sale items at independent retail stores. Its mission is to be an advocate for independent retailers and to give savvy shoppers an easier way to find great independent stores and sale merchandise. To shop or sell, please visit http://www.littleindependent.com.