Winnebago Buy Local presents ‘A Local Holiday Market 2014’ Dec. 6

Staff Report

In what is becoming a local annual holiday tradition, “A Local Holiday Market 2014” will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at Rockford University’s Regents Hall, 5050 E. State St., Rockford. Admission is free.

Presented by Winnebago Buy Local, and sponsored by Rock Valley Compounding Pharmacy, Spectrum Insurance and Wired Café, the event will offer a holiday-themed shopping market filled with only locally owned businesses.

In its fourth successful year, “A Local Holiday Market 2014” helps visitors support and shop at their favorite local homegrown, grassroots businesses — all in one spot.

Lauren Davis, director of Winnebago Buy Local, said: “The people of Winnebago County want to be a part of the Buy Local Movement, so we are bringing together dozens of these local businesses, all in one place! We want to help everyone to be able to buy local for the busiest shopping time of the year. It is festive, fabulous and fun for every age group and every walk of life, and it greatly benefits our community with unique gift ideas — even for those ‘who have everything!’”

Businesses at “A Local Holiday Market 2014” are 100 percent local, grassroots, homegrown businesses. By supporting businesses such as these, up to 68 cents of every $1 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 the region.

In addition to local businesses, Winnebago Buy Local will also have representatives from Rosie’s Birthday Club on site to custom gift wrap purchases for a donation. This allows visitors to get all of their holiday shopping done and have the gifts wrapped in a complete, one-stop local shopping trip this year while also helping a local charity help many local children who, under various circumstances, may otherwise not receive recognition on their special day.

Also returning this year — the first 100 families passing through the doors of “A Local Holiday Market 2014” 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 while also helping the environment by reusing our planet’s resources.

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From the Dec. 3-9, 2014, issue

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