Winnebago Buy Local offers A Local Holiday Market 2013 Dec. 7

Staff Report

A Local Holiday Market 2013” is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at Rockford University’s Regents Hall, 5050 E. State St., Rockford.

Presented by Winnebago Buy Local and sponsored by Spice Galleria, Alpine Body Shop and Fit Me Wellness, those who attend will experience an amazing holiday-themed shopping market filled with only locally-owned businesses.

With a shorter shopping season this year, A Local Holiday Market 2013 helps you support and shop at your favorite local businesses — all in one spot.

The people in our community are yearning and succeeding to grasp the BUY LOCAL movement, so we wanted to bring together our areas favorite LOCAL businesses into one place for one day and let the folks in our community support their local businesses in a very big way!” said Lauren Davis, director of Winnebago Buy Local. “Last year’s market had over 30 businesses with over 1,000 shoppers throughout the day — we are expecting more for this year’s event. It will be fun for every age group and every walk of life, as well as benefit our community!”

Businesses at A Local Holiday Market 2013 are 100 percent local, grassroots, homegrown businesses. By supporting businesses such as these, up to 68 cents of every dollar spent with them stays in the local economy on average, which is significantly more than if one buys from other types of businesses.

Supporting locally-owned businesses such as these allows a community to retain more of its wealth while becoming a unique place to live, work and visit.

Winnebago Buy Local, a not-for-profit group based in Rockford, supports locally-owned businesses such as these for the benefit of our region.

In addition, Winnebago Buy Local will have representatives from Rosie’s Birthday Club gift-wrapping local gifts on site for a donation. So, you can do a complete, one-stop LOCAL shopping trip this year while also helping a local charity help local children who, under various circumstances, may otherwise not receive recognition on their special day.

Special note: the first 100 families through the door of A Local Holiday Market 2013 will receive a commemorative, reusable tote bag filled with LOCAL business goodies to help remind them to buy local during the holiday season, as well as all year long.

Event admission and parking are free. All ages are welcome to attend, and the venue is handicapped accessible.

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From the Dec. 4-10, 2013, issue

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