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Local First Utah Blog

Local Fare = Holiday Cheer

20 December 2013 Published in Local First Utah Blog
If you waited until the last minute to buy your gifts, then you’re in luck! We found some amazing local restaurants and cafés where you can run in, grab a gift certificate for just about any one on your list, and they’ll adore your thoughtfulness.  These dining establishments are not…

Ink Smudger & Press Whisperer

18 December 2013 Published in Local First Utah Blog
A few astonishing inventions have changed the world. The wheel. The printing press. The airplane. The Internet. Each one of these inventions has forever impacted the way human beings interact with each other, and each has opened new doors of exploration and creativity. The printing press may have been invented…

You Might Be a “Boutiquer” If ...

13 December 2013 Published in Local First Utah Blog
If going to a mall gives you an anxiety attack or causes you to break out in hives, you might just be a Boutiquer! A Boutiquer is someone who experiences nausea at the sight of a shopping mall full of big box stores. They enjoy shopping at quaint, eclectic, local…

The Gift of Experience

05 December 2013 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Life is all about experiences.  If you want a unique gift for those unique people in your life, consider giving them the gift of experience this holiday!  These local companies all offer something special and different that you won’t find anywhere else.  This holiday season think outside the gift box…

Give Tastefully, Buy Locally

04 December 2013 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Food is an integral part of holiday festivities. We laud the merits of holiday foods in song, crooning about chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and demanding figgy pudding while wishing a Merry Christmas. Food and the holidays go hand in hand. Whether you’re looking to throw a memorable holiday…

Where You Spend Your Money Matters

29 November 2013 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Local First Utah's annual Shift Your Spending Week begins today. We're encouraging people to shift 10% of their holiday spending away from online and national retailers, toward local businesses in their own communities. Why? Well, first of all, spending locally keeps your money in the local Utah economy. But that's…

Take Back Black Friday

28 November 2013 Published in Local First Utah Blog
  The bad news; for the first time many national retailers have opened this year on a day that is traditionally reserved for spending time with loved ones and offering appreciation. While many of us are happily gathering around the table, Black Friday is also trying to consume Thanksgiving. Apparently,…

By the Numbers

27 November 2013 Published in Local First Utah Blog
254 million         Number of turkeys raised in the United States in 2012. 350 million     Number of Christmas trees growing on tree farms in 2012. 1.3 billion     Number of dollars that would be returned to the Utah economy over the course of one year, if every household in…

Shop & Party at 9th & 9th on Small Business Saturday!

26 November 2013 Published in Local First Utah Blog
When you don’t wake up at three in the morning on Black Friday to fight off hoards of competitive shoppers, you have a lot more energy to do fun stuff.  Am I right? Well, this Saturday, Salt Lake City's very own 9th & 9th district has definitely got something fun…

Preparing a Local Feast

22 November 2013 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Thanksgiving is one of our most treasured holidays because it’s all about family, friends and of course, the food! A great way to Shift Your Spending this holiday season is to gather the ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast from locally owned markets and grocers.  From turkeys to stuffing to pumpkin…

Sneak Peak at Celebrate the Bounty's Silent Auction

10 October 2013 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Will you be joining us today at our Celebrate the Bounty extravaganza? There’s gonna be a veritable “who’s who” of local restaurants and businesses, tons of local foods and drinks. If that weren’t enough, we’ll also be hosting an incredible silent auction filled to the brim with products donated by…

A Roomful of Reasons

09 October 2013 Published in Local First Utah Blog
If you follow the Local First movement, you are already familiar with our 10 Reasons to shop locally.  You probably remember Reason #1: Recent Utah studies have shown that locally owned retailers return four times the rate of their revenue to our economy when compared to national chains. That’s a…