Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich and Mayor Robert Walkup Proclaim Friday after Thanksgiving as ‘Buy Local Day’

TUCSON (Observer Update) - Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich and Mayor Robert Walkup will proclaim the Friday following Thanksgiving (November 28) as “Buy Local Day,” during the weekly Mayor and Council meeting.

Local business owners and supporters are invited to bring banners, signs and other visual props that show their support as this proclamation is read into the record at the meeting. Each Council Member will show off what they purchased from a locally-owned business in their ward. “Buy Local Day” Activities on Friday, November 28: Vice Mayor Uhlich will spend her morning shopping at locally-owned businesses throughout Tucson. The same day, Local First Arizona (LFA) will host an event called Stress Free Shopping Spree-A Celebration of “Buy Local Day” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Campbell Village Shopping Center, 3205 N. Campbell Ave. Here, shoppers can take a break from early morning shopping by receiving free gift wrapping, sampling a massage, enjoying entertainment and holiday shopping at locally-owned businesses. At 11 a.m., Vice Mayor Uhlich and other “shoppers” will arrive and enjoy lunch at locally-owned Pastiche. For more information about this event, call Lisette DeMars at (520) 271-2978.

Vice Mayor Uhlich has been working with LFA over the past year to create a local steering committee. From this effort, as well as from funds and in-kind support from the Ward III Council Office, a Tucson chapter of LFA was created. LFA is a non-profit organization that focuses on strengthening local economies by encouraging citizens to shop locally. LFA notes that when someone buys at a locally owned business, 45 cents of every dollar stays in the local economy, versus only 13 cents of every dollar spent at a national chain.

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