Today, "Black Friday" on the consumer spending calendar, has a benign and homey component here in Ithaca, with the start of the Local First campaign.
About 50 local businesses have joined forces to promote local spending for the holidays.
When you visit one of the participating businesses, you get a "Local Lover Challenge" card. Get it stamped at five businesses, and you are eligible for a prize of $250, $150, or $50. No purchase is necessary.
The business that distributes the most cards will name a charity organization to receive a donation of $400.
Small World Music is a participating business. Others among our West End neighbors are Bishop's Pro Home Center, Gimme Coffee, GreenStar Coop, Ithaca Grain and Pet Supply, Ithaca Paint and Decorating, The Jewel Box, Mama Goose, Silk Oak and Friends, Sparrow's Fine Wines, and Tuff Soul clothing.
See http://www.localfirstithaca.org/ for more details and events.
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