Posted on | November 29, 2010 | No Comments
3 local busineses were highlighted in Portland-area press over Thanksgiving weekend! Read on:
Simply You and owner Lori Irving were prominently featured in The Journal Tribune on November 25th, in the article “Downtown stores get in on holiday shopping action” by staff writer Liz Gotthelf. Click on the link for a photo of Lori!Simply You
Blue Elephant Events and Catering was featured in the Portland Press Herald article “Nine Ladies Dancing: Twelve Days of Christmas at Victoria Mansion” on Wednesday, November 24. A write-up of the event, photos of some of the decorations, and a video were included. Blue Elephant is one of 12 designers chosen this year to decorate Portland’s 150 year-old Victoria Mansion for the holiday season. Owner Fausto Pifferrer and Event Producer Jessica McMahon installed their design “Nine Ladies Dancing” in the mansion’s 2nd floor Sitting Room. Special thanks to Lori Irving and Simply You for the loan of several mannequins. Click on the link below for the full story.
Saco’s Maine Jewelry and owner Jake Mulligan was featured on the Channel 8 news on Thanksgiving night. Click the link below to see the video.
Posted on | July 27, 2010 | 3 Comments
Thanks to all of the local merchants who have participated in the Biddeford-Saco Buy Local program! We have over 100 participating businesses so far. And very special thanks to all of you loyal customers who support these businesses – just a slight shift in your shopping habits makes a huge difference in our local economies.
The Biddeford-Saco Buy Local shopping bags are now available! Visit participating merchants for more information about these great bags.
Don’t forget to visit the individual merchant pages on this website for news, specials, coupons and sales. This is a great place to keep in touch with what is going on downtown!
Posted on | May 14, 2010 | 2 Comments
These times are tough for everyone and many communities are feeling the pain, as much of their money comes from sales tax, but when people are not buying, there is little tax revenue.
And let’s add in the fact that auto sales are virtually gone and people cannot get credit to buy cars, which frequently brings in several hundred dollars each time someone buys an auto from a dealership within the area.
What can you do? Well, you can participate in a “Buy Local” program right here in the Biddeford Saco area. “Buy Local” programs and plans always work and they create loyalty amongst local consumers.
Gallup recently did a study showing how consumers and customers became more loyal and had a sense of acceptance and community after such programs were started.
Of course, it seems to be common sense, but then again sometimes you need a “report” or Study to get things going due to economically challenged politicians. Don’t let you city fall victim to a sluggish economy.
And BusinessWeek reported here that:
…for every $100 spent at a locally owned store, $45 remains in the local economy, compared with about $13 per $100 spent at a big box…
There is a lot of evidence to support the facts that Buy Local programs work. This site One Clear Point reports that:
Holiday sales were up for independent business owners, says the 2010 Independent Business Survey, a national survey of over 1,800 independent businesses by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Up an average of 2.2%, the survey reflects a buying trend on the part of consumers who purposely sought out local retailers for their holiday shopping.
The facts seem clear that promoting a “buy local” attitude is great for local business and consumers alike. So if you are a business owner int he Biddeford Saco area, consider joining the Biddeford Saco Buy Local program.
Sign up only takes a few minutes here and the benefits to you, your business, and your community are incredible.