19 NOVEMBER 2012
SAVE COVINGTON: SHOP LOCAL
Many lament the loss of a thriving business district within the City of Covington, but there are still many locally-owned, independent retailers who remain because they believe in this community. It is a great disservice to the new pioneers of the urban core and to those who have been there through good times and bad, to take one's money and spend it at a big-box national chain. Dollars spent at any store in Florence or any other indistinguishable suburb run over by large merchants do not stay in town. They are used to build products overseas and to hire Americans at poverty-level wages. Do you want to save Downtown Covington and our other business districts? Then spend all of your money this holiday season at locally-owned, independent retailers. Shop Covington! Shop Newport and the other River Cities! Shop Cincinnati's neighborhoods! Do not shop Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Lowe's or any other store that is bigger than most of NKY's towns. You may have to spend a few dollars more for products, but there is a reason for that. Do not let corporate entities squash our town and leave it in ruins. Target does not care about Covington, and neither do any of its big box cousins. Make the commitment now: shop local this holiday season and shop local always. That is how Covington and its urban neighbors thrive again.
COVINGTON BUSINESSES AMONG
THOSE IN TODAY'S "CINCINNATI
UNCHAINED" SHOPPING EVENT
BuyCincy.com: Every dollar you spend at a locally-owned business generates approximately three times more economic activity than a dollar spent at the typical “big-box.” By choosing to shop locally-owned for just one day, we can help support the local entrepreneurs in our own neighborhoods who help make Cincinnati unique.
Covington merchants participating today are all in Mainstrasse (6th & Main area):
Cock & Bull, The Enchanted Florist, Wertheim's, Groove Coffee House, Dee Felice, The Candy Bar, The Magic Shop, Zola Pub & Grill, Ottoman Imports, Cosmos Grille Pub, Lime, and MK's Totebags & Monogramming.
For a list of the specific specials and for other businesses around town, including Newport & Bellevue, check out the link here: Buy Cincy: Cincinnati Unchained.
REMEMBER WHEN BLACK FRIDAY ACTUALLY
HAPPENED ON A FRIDAY?
In another move to show just how much they do not care about their employees or their communities, the large big-box, poverty-inducing, small business district-killing, chain stores are opening earlier than ever this year. But even though these shops fear negotiating with their employees (and therefor show anti-union videos upon hiring people), at least one employee has had enough and is standing up: Yahoo: Black Friday Backlash
FACT: A recent retail diversity study of San Francisco and three Peninsula cities found that purchasing from locally owned stores created about 70% more local jobs, and 67% more overall local income, per dollar spent. The authors concluded that by shifting just 10% of purchases to local businesses, consumers would add nearly 1,300 new jobs and $200 million in economic activity to the cities studied.
For more facts like these: Buy Local Berkeley
REMEMBER, COVINGTON IS THIS REGION'S ORIGINAL
OUTDOOR SHOPPING MALL
Want to know why Wal-Mart is in fact the devil a lot of people say? Click here.
The recent presentations by the Denver-based company assigned with studying how to revitalize Covington's Central Business District included a remark that it is important to strengthen and then build upon the success of the Mainstrasse Village. For the record, there was never one mention of the need for a big-box retailer.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO SHOP OTHER LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS AND TOWNS TOO
Many local cities have been damaged by the big-box retailers who sell cheap goods from other countries (kept in poverty, by the way), so let's make sure to help revitalize communities on the river and across the river too and encourage them to return the favor!
COMMONWEALTH OF KY URGES LOCAL GIFT PURCHASES
NEWPORT CHRISTMAS TOUR SCHEDULE
EATING OUT FOR THANKSGIVING?
NKY River City options include Chez Nora in Covington and BB Riverboats & Mokka in Newport.
OH SNAP! PUMPKIN PIE WAR!
Frisch's and Busken are going at it:
enquirer, courier-journal are big box national chains too, now (just so you know).
They are owned by a massive corporate entity called Gannett, and while the local journalists that are still employed do the best work in either town, their big bosses do not care about the communities. Take a look at what Louisville-blog The 'Ville Voice has to say about a "Shop Local" promotion being propped up by Gannett newspapers: The Ville Voice
Also, use cash when shopping local as often as possible.
PRESIDENT OBAMA NOT A FAN
OF NEW CLOTHING AD
The always-cutting edge United Colors of Benetton have launched a new campaign called, "unHate" featuring world leaders in moments of passion.
NEW LEGISLATION WOULD SHUT DOWN SCHOOLS, GIVE EACH STUDENT MONEY TO START SMALL BUSINESS.
SEE YOU TOMORROW FOR THE SUNDAY EDITION!