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Shop Local Promotion From The Gambit

Well it seems that finally folks are starting to think about the upcoming holiday shopping season. I know personally I've been taking inventory of what markets and sales I can be part of in December to vend my wares - sadly noting that it is sorely lacking this year due to no Festivus, but more on that later - but it also seems like our local alt-weekly The Gambit is being proactive in wanting to stimulate the local economy with this awesome Shop Local promotion/giveway.

According to Best Of New Orleans Blog writer Jeanne Foster:

"The readers of Gambit Weekly and more than 70 alternative newspapers are being urged to spend at least $100 of their holiday money this fall at locally owned stores in their communities - a move that could pump more than $2.9 billion into the national urban economy during this recession-plagued season.

The project is based on data showing that money spent in locally owned businesses tends to stay in the area and circulate through the community, increasing economic activity. Economists call this the “multiplier effect.”

If every one of the 195,000 Gambit Weekly readers were to spend just $100 with local, independently owned merchants, the impact would be 19.5 million on our local businesses. Shopping at locally owned businesses, helps re-circulate dollars in the New Orleans area, supports more local jobs and keeps our neighborhoods unique."

So, head on over to and register your pledge to spend $100 with local shops and businesses and be registered to possibly win one of two luxury prize packages from local retailers. (On a personal side note, I wish the prize packages weren't gender-specific, as I'd personally MUCH rather win the "For Him" package than the "For Her" package, plus I feel like the guys get the better package, but whatever - it's the thought that counts, right?)

Shop local, and support independent artists and businesses!

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