Sunday, December 13, 2009

Shop Local, Win Free Stuff!

ishop1In 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 don’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 Columbia’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, we’ll be giving gift certificates to shoppers who support local merchants (with proof of purchase). Please visit 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.

Happy shopping!


  1. I pledge to spend $100 locally!
    Please enter me in contest.

  2. I will spendc at least 100 bucks in town this season! Please enter me to win.

  3. I shop Columbia!

  4. I will spend $100 locally this season.