Shop Local, Win Free Stuff!
In honor of national Buy Local Week and for the second year running, Columbia City Paper would like to encourage our readers to try to spend $100 of their holiday money at locally-owned businesses this holiday season.
As most of Columbia knows, this paper has staunchly supported local business (and called out those who donâ€™t) since our inception in 2005. Considering our average readership of around 75,000, if each City Paper reader spent $100 of his or her holiday budget at locally owned businesses, we could pump as much as $3 million back into Columbiaâ€™s economy. The average, according to one study, found that of $100 spent at a local business, $45 stays in the community. But that same $100 spent at a chain store would put only $13 in our local economy, according to the study.
To encourage participation this holiday season, weâ€™ll be giving gift certificates to shoppers who support local merchants (with proof of purchase). Please visit www.ishopcolumbia.com for more information and to take the shop local pledge for a chance to win. The contest and the buy local campaign will run through the holiday season.