LAFAYETTE, LA - Where you spend your money matters for your local economy more than you may think. When you shop at a locally owned business, up to three times more of your money stays in your community to boost the local economy and better your quality of life. Over 75 local business owners will celebrate this message beginning Monday as part of National Independent Retailers Week.
Members of the local organization Shop Local Acadiana are joining forces to spread the message of independent retailers while thanking their customers for their support. The organization has planned events, email blasts with discounts and special online promotions to encourage Acadiana residents to take the pledge to eat, shop and buy locally for this week and beyond.
In addition to special discounts at Shop Local Acadiana’s member businesses, local business owners will be out bright and early Friday morning serving free coffee and lemonade to the public at Johnston Street Java, next to The Grand movie theatre. Shop Local Acadiana will also be on hand giving away free “geaux local” tote bags full of goodies and discounts from their members. The organization’s “Free Coffee Friday!” event will take place from 7am to 9am this Friday, July 22nd. Everyone is encouraged to come out and support their local business owners while enjoying complimentary coffee and lemonade.To sign up for email notices of specials and events for National Independent Retailers Week or to learn more about how supporting locally owned businesses is good for Acadiana, visit Shop Local Acadiana’s website at www.shoplocalacadiana.com.