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Local First Utah Blog

Reason #1: You Kept Your Money in Our Economy

03 December 2012 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Reason #1: You kept your money in our economy. The power of a well-spent dollar is really quite astonishing. When that dollar is spent locally, it has the power to boost our economy, to create jobs, and even to give to those in need. How does one little dollar accomplish…

And the Winner Is ...

02 December 2012 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Brittany Chapmen Miller, and her photo of some Hatch Family Chocolates adorned with a Local First Utah gift tag is the winner of our Shift the Gift Facebook Photo Challenge.  Brittany has won a gift basket full of delectable local goodies, including jam from Amour Spreads, toum garlic spread from…

A Little Something for Everyone

02 December 2012 Published in Local First Utah Blog
The holiday season gets busy quickly. The time-saving convience of big box stores that offer so many products under one roof, can be quite appealing. But, many local stores also offer a diverse selection of products. Stores like Earth Goods General Store, Two Dancing Cats, Nineteen70 and Unhinged in Salt…

Tasteful (and Tasty) Gift Giving

30 November 2012 Published in Local First Utah Blog
The SLC Indie Impact Study demonstrated that 78.6% of the money spent at local, independent restaurant is returned to our Utah economy. Chain restaurants only return about 30% of their revenue to our Utah economy. That’s a remarkable difference. The dollars that diners spend in local restaurants allow those restaurants…

The Depth of Place

29 November 2012 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Place is much more than simply location. Place provides context, background, and thus meaning. When we meet a stranger, we ask them where they are from in attempt to piece together clues about who they might be. Places of origin are useful in understanding food and beverages as well. The…

The Roaster, The Baker, Two Cheese Makers, & More

28 November 2012 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Reason #6 to Shop Locally: You Encourage Innovation and Product Diversity.   We all love to be surprised and delighted. The diverse offerings of our local artisans, producers, and manufacturers across Utah present many pleasurable possibilities. Consider the comfy and cozy feel of Utah made socks, the subtle fragrance of…

Service with a Smile

27 November 2012 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Word of the Day: Fungible Fungible: interchangeable, easily substituted or replaced;             Antonyms: irreplaceable, one-of-kind, not easily duplicated Local service providers are anything but fungible. Service providers play a key role in our local economy. Salons like Dexterity Salon or Cake Hair Salon, and gyms like SLC Fit Collective, play…

Leave the Jungle Behind, Shop Locally Online

26 November 2012 Published in Local First Utah Blog
  We here at Local First Utah love to dwell on the positive: the positive economic impact created by local business owners, the many ways in which these risk-takers build our communities and make better places, the joyful experiences to be had shopping locavore-style, etc.  In most cases it is…

Shift Your Spending Week in the News

24 November 2012 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Small Business Saturday has made a big splash nationwide, and here in Utah.  Check out this news report for Fox 13, featuring Local First Utah Executive Director Nan Seymour and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon.   

Shop Small, Make a Big Impact

21 November 2012 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone — from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally — to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving. It began in 2010 when American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help small businesses…

Shift Your Spending Week Launches with "Plaid Friday"

21 November 2012 Published in Local First Utah Blog
The Friday after Thanksgiving, which for years as been known as the biggest shopping day of the year, has taken on a life of its own. A life based around the goal of acquiring the most while spending the least. Black Friday is a day of the year dominated by…

Shift the Gift Facebook Photo Challenge

20 November 2012 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Local First Utah signature gift tags are about to hit stores across the state!  The gift tags will be available at participating stores throughout Shift Your Spending Week, which runs from Friday, November 23rd until Saturday, December 1st.  Local First Utah is extending a special challenge to local shoppers and…