HEY CLEVELANDERS! One of my favorite CLE food bloggers – Katrina over at Bite Buff – recently challenged her readers to participate in the I Buy NEO campaign:
From their website: I Buy NEO is a program dedicated to educating residents of Northeast Ohio on the importance of buying from local, independently owned businesses and the local economic impact it has on our region. With over 13,000 local business listings to choose from, I Buy NEO helps consumers find locally owned businesses that meet their shopping and service needs. This resource empowers residents to make conscious purchasing decisions with the knowledge that minor changes in their spending habits can make a major impact on the region.
Katrina featured the challenge on her blog today and encouraged her readers to participate in the 2nd Annual Buy Local Week. Between July 3rd through July 10th, I Buy NEO wants Clevelanders to pledge to spend $100 at locally owned and operated businesses instead of hitting up chains and boxed stores. I LOVE IT!
I was really inspired by their 100 ways to buy local listing. I was happy to see I was already doing my part by partaking in the following ways:
6. Get your freshly baked birthday cake from the neighborhood bakery: I do love my Michael Angelo’s Bakery in Broadview Heights…
7. Enjoy lunch at a locally owned restaurant: My restaurant review of The Stone Oven is on the way!
26. See a show at Playhouse Square: Just saw Denis Leary and the Rescue Me Comedy Tour last night! It was hilarious!
35. Enjoy a game of golf at a Cleveland Metroparks course: Hans is all over this one – we went to Sleepy Hollow‘s driving range a few weeks ago!
47. Take yoga at a local yoga studio: My favorite is Nishkama Yoga in Independence.
52. Get some help around the house and employ a local handyman: Thanks Dad! I pay him Sunday night dinners.
91. Cater business meetings with local caterers: Marigold Catering just provided a glorious appetizer spread for a recent committee meeting I held in June. Once again, they did not disappoint!
94. Purchase chocolates with your logo on it from a local candy shop: If you are on the East side, check out Fantasy Chocolates. Joel is doing some AMAZING things with dark chocolate!
…but these are the following things that I pledge to do between now and the end of July:
19. Shop at a neighborhood art walk
30. Visit a local museum
32. Shop for a cute summer outfit at a local boutique
33. Buy your next hostess party gift from a local retailer
34. Get your manicure or pedicure at a local nail salon
43. Play a game of putt-putt at a local course
44. Catch a minor league baseball team and see the future baseball stars
67. Reward your dog with a treat from a local dog bakery
73. Read a classic novel from your local book store
74. Buy your next anniversary gift from a local jeweler. Alright, we’ll have Hans work on this one 🙂
85. Purchase a reusable shopping bag at a local grocer
98. Order bagels for your office from a local bakery
100. Pick up your last minute supplies at the neighborhood convenient store
So who’s with me?! You don’t have to be a Clevelander – how do you plan to support your local community?