By Jennifer Sadler
Not looking forward to plodding through holiday shopping this season? Imagine a shopping experience where you find creative and meaningful one-of-a-kind gifts, support your local community and contribute to a greener economy. Imagine exploring interesting, independently owned stores with friendly and knowledgeable shop owners and taking your time to choose the perfect gifts instead of battling lines and parking at the mall.
Well, you can have that feel-good holiday shopping experience right here in Columbus!
Buying local is a smart and sustainable practice that helps to support real people in your community. Shopping locally during the holiday season and year-round is more important than ever. When you spend $100 at a local store, $45 of those dollars stay in your community but when you spend $100 at a multinational store only $13 of those dollars stay in your economy. The average consumer, according to the National Retail Federation, spends about $700 during the holiday season. By shifting just a small percentage of your purchases from non-local businesses to independently owned private local businesses, consumers can have a profound impact on the central Ohio economy.
Local independent businesses like restaurants, specialty shops and boutiques, grocery and hardware stores, salons, galleries, cafes, bookstores and more contribute to the vitality, creativity and uniqueness of our neighborhoods. If you want more local choices and diversity, become a staunch supporter of your local businesses so they succeed. While up front costs may be a bit more, supporting your local economy is an investment in the community, and a chance to engage in a shopping practice that reflects your ideals and to give holiday gifts that reflect your values.
By Jennifer Sadler
A suburban mall isn’t exactly the location that comes to mind when you consider the shop local movement. But Heidi Maybruck, responsible for bringing the successful Easton Farmers Market to Easton Town Center this year, saw a perfect opportunity to liven up the summer shopping experience and to help educate mall-goers about the benefits of buying local. With the success of the farmers market, Maybruck realized that the concept could evolve into a project to extend beyond the growing season--and so the idea for the Celebrate Local shop was born.
The brick and mortar shop opened in October and sells exclusively local products at the former Harry and David gift-fruit store at Easton. The non-profit seasonal shop will be open for business through January 31 of 2012, giving Ohio farmers, and the best of Ohio’s artisan food vendors, artists, crafters and other local specialty retailers a presence at Easton during the busy holiday season. In addition to Maybruck, Celebrate Local’s project team includes Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), Global Gallery and the Easton Community Foundation.
6TH ANNUAL OHIO VISUAL ARTIST REGISTRY JURIED SHOW
The Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Ohio Arts Council and the Friends of the Library are once again partnering to bring arts opportunities to artists and the public by presenting a juried art show at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Main Library. The three organizations have collaborated for more than a decade on the Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR), a database that showcases the work of more than 1,200 artists from Ohio and around the world.
Columbus Dance Theatre Presents Match Girl
Columbus Dance Theatre’s beloved holiday classic Matchgirl returns for the 12th year to brighten the Columbus holiday season. This timeless tale written by Hans Christian Andersen was created as CDT’s annual family ballet more than a decade ago by CDT Artistic Director Tim Veach. It continues to move Columbus audiences with its poignant message of forgiveness and hope.
CAPA Presents Over the Rhine
Described as a “sometimes pensive, often poetic, and continually progressive folk-pop ensemble,” the Cincinnati-based, husband-and-wife team of Over the Rhine has been making music for more than 20 years. Fronted by Karin Bergquist’s torchy, devil-may-care voice brimming with Midwestern soul, the band is led by brilliant keyboardist and songwriter Linford Detweiler who can seamlessly move from avant garde jazz to whisper-quiet folk subtleties to flat out rock.