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January 2018 Downtown Digest
   
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Monday
January 29

 
Downtown Framingham Business Coalition   7 pm
Framingham Public Library |  Costin Room 
49 Lexington Street
  • all are welcome
DOWNTOWN SUPERBOWL CHALLENGE

Go to a local business between now and Superbowl Sunday and buy something. Send us a Facebook message or email about your activity, and $1 will be donated to Downtown Framingham, Inc. to help the local community thrive. If you send a pic/selfie that Downtown Framingham, Inc. could use for marketing, $2 will be donated. You can go to more than one place! Each day starts fresh, so you can report the same place you went to more than once!

** If we get 500 people to do this, @LaRueBoweRs Photography will donate another $100 to the cause.  Thank you to all the amazing, fearless and positive game changers in our vast community!

> Color Us Beautiful -
Send us your mural renderings by Friday, February 23rd
7th Annual Holiday Storefront Window
Decorating Contest


- special thanks to our judging panel, including:
> Above, At-Large Councilor Cheryl Tully Stoll presents the Most Traditional Award to Congress Auto Insurance (L).
> Above, District 7 Councilor Margareth Shepard presents the Funniest Award to Antonio Souza Junior and Daise Junior from JR&D Service (R).
Above, District 8 Councilor Judy Grove presents the Most Creative Award to Atlantis Dental.  Councilor Grove also presents the Best Overall Design to Real Travel Services (R). 
Overall Best Design
Real Travel Services
95 Hollis Street
 
Most Creative
Atlantis Dental
118 Concord Street
Funniest
JR&D Services
175 Concord Street
Most Traditional
Congress Auto Insurance
82 Union Avenue
 
People's Choice Award
(netted 462 of 751 total votes)
BRZ Insurance
107 Concord Street
Above, Tiago Prado, CEO of BRZ Insurance, accepts the People's Choice Award from Courtney Thraen, Director of Downtown Framingham, Inc.
DOWNTOWN CELEBRATION
Above, DPW employee Nemesio "Nemo" Rosa (third from left) earns the 2017 Downtown Hero Award for his year-round efforts to keep the community sparkling. 

The Downtown Celebration highlighted public spaces, arts and culture, property enhancements, business developments, business leaders and community activists in 2017.  Read more here.

The 1854 Cycling Company is a premium bicycle and apparel brand inspired by the burning of the US Constitution by abolitionists in protest of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1854. Proceeds from each item will be contributed to programs that will help end cycles of poverty among the formerly incarcerated.
Alira Health is a global advisory firm providing strategy, execution and innovation services for healthcare and life science companies.
Atlantis Dental  provides a wide range of dental treatments. Dr. Sumbul Naqvi focuses on helping patients achieve healthy teeth and gums for life.
Avidia Bank is committed to the concept of community banking. We proudly accept and fulfill our responsibilities as a corporate citizen by contributing to the well-being of the people and organizations around us. 
At Brookline Bank, we provide a full range of financial services to individuals and businesses with outstanding service online, by phone or at any of our convenient branches in Greater Boston.
As independent insurance agents, the professionals at BRZ Insurance are ready to help you protect your part of The American Dream. We're eager to show you the benefits you realize when you shop local and work with a local, independent insurance agency.
The Bullard Building, LLC - a historic brownstone located at the intersections of Routes 135 Waverly St and 126 Irving St in Downtown Framingham across from the MBTA Station. Lease Space Now. 
Framingham State University is a place where inquisitive, career-focused students thrive. New ideas and discoveries are a daily occurrence on campus. 
Founded in 2011 by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler, Jack’s Abby has become a mainstay of the craft brewing scene in the Northeast and nationwide.  Jack’s Abby brews lagers, and only lagers. 
IPL & Equipment Inc. located in Framingham, Massachusetts has grown since 1998 from a specialty Irrigation Supply business to a wide selection of Power Equipment, Landscape Lighting, and Pond Supplies. 
The MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, located in Framingham, Massachusetts is a not-for-profit business networking, advocacy, community and economic development organization
Perfecting the art and science of payments. Michael P. Cannon & Associates provides specialized multi-disciplinary advisory and consulting services to multiple facets of the payments industry: acquirers, ISOs and the merchant community.
MutualOne Charitable Foundation Dedicated to enhancing the qualify of life in the Bank's market area through its ongoing support of charitable, educational, and civic initiatives that contribute to the overall well-being of the people and communities it serves.
RR6 Kitchen & Bar is a Family Restaurant offering the wonderful flavors of North, Central and South American cuisine with quality and great pricing. RR6 is best known for its delicious tacos, burritos and soups.
Springdale is the experimental offshoot of Jack's Abby Brewing. The Barrel Room is where we let the ancient alchemy between beer and oak work its slow magic.
Together with our 2800 members and 200 volunteers, we... Conserve and care for over 4300 acres of fields, forests, and farms in the 36 communities surrounding the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers. Maintain more than 55 miles of hiking trails.
We make business simple. Trustfulness, efficiency, and a personal approach drives our work. We act toward our client's objectives, focusing on producing the best possible results.
Provides cable tv, internet and voice/phone services available in Framingham. You can sign up for services, pay bills, exchange equipment and other services at this location 
2018
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  • James Bossange
  • Hendler Family
  • Naqvi Family
  • O'Connell Family
  • Randolph Family
  • Christopher Slammer
  • Richard Tizard
  • Darleme Umina
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Upcoming January Meetings

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Learn more about our new branding, new members, ongoing mission strategy, and specific execution tactics in the forthcoming edition of the Downtown Digest.
Tuesday
January 16

 
  • City Councilors will present awards to five categories, including the hotly contested People's Choice Award!
Thursday
January 18

 
Public Board Meeting 
8 am

Memorial Building |  Ablondi Room
150 Concord Street 
  • Business updates
  • Policy progress
  • Placemaking and public art
  • 2018 events
Monday
January 29

 
Downtown Framingham Business Coalition   7 pm
Framingham Public Library |  Costin Room 
49 Lexington Street
  • all are welcome

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Holiday Stroll & Downtown Celebration

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Holiday Stroll & Downtown Celebration
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  • Build community on this four-hour adventure through downtown Framingham
  • Post your simple "acts of kindness" ideas for 2018 on our holiday tree
  • Figure out others' aspirations through our social interaction game
  • Show off your unique stroll swag at each venue! 
  • The holiday gear winner will win a t-shirt from his/her favorite venue
  • Vote on the best storefront window decorations, too!  
  • Try tasty complimentary apps at El Mariachi
  • Remember - there is zero pressure to drink or even spend money at every venue!

> 7 pm Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co   81 Morton Street

 

> 8 pm Springdale Barrel Room   102 Clinton Street
 

> 9 pm El Mariachi   358 Waverly Street
 

> 10 pm Pho Dakao   101 Concord Street
park at the Howard / Concord Streets lot


Downtown Celebration Tickets
La Cantina 911 Waverly Street 6 pm - 10 pm
                

It's time to come together and celebrate 2017 - a year full of business and community accomplishments!

Esteemed attendees include our elected leaders along with many non-profit directors and our small business champions!

  • Sign and facade improvements
  • Business milestones and expansions
  • New businesses
  • Green space enhancements
  • Community events and faith-based missions
  • Achievements in arts and culture

Whether you're a private citizen or business leader, ticket holders will receive great benefits, including paid social media marketing and complimentary passes to 2018 events!
 
  • Networking coaches
  • Live Sketch Artist
  • Silent Auction
  • Photo Timeline
  • Celebrate our 2017 Downtown Hero!  
It’s Brunch Time at Depot 417
Take a break from holiday shopping and visit  Depot 417 this weekend for the best Brunch around! Mention this add and get a $15 Gift Certificate for your next visit!
7th Annual Downtown Framingham Holiday Storefront Window Decorating Contest
                             

Wait - the voting isn't over! 
-  Throughout the month, we will upload storefront window displays from our downtown businesses. 
-  You, the people, can vote online for your favorites starting December 15th through January 5thOur esteemed panel of Celebrity Judges will decide the best overall.
-  Winners will be announced at a January City Council meeting, and winners will receive complimentary paid social media marketing!

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Downtown Artisan Market

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Come meet our local artisans and business leaders in the vibrant Springdale Beer barrel room.  Your last-minute shopping will be fun with the surrounding games and art gallery presented by the Framingham Contemporary Artists Group.  Each vendor is paired with a unique Springdale brew!

> Fair Trade Caravans

FairTrade Caravans is a social enterprise that educates about and sells fair trade products through fundraising events for schools and nonprofits.

This exhibit includes fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, honey and quilling cards. Also, 25% of sales will be donated back to the Framingham Downtown Renaissance!

Pair it with The Groni

> 1854 Cycling pays homage to the Abolitionist movement in Framingham's own Harmony Grove, where activists like Henry David Thoreau, William Lloyd Garrison, and Sojourner Truth gathered in 1854.  Proceeds help end cycles of poverty among formerly incarcerated.  

* Pair it with Good n' You?

> Venezuelan Artist Franklin Marval lives in Boston and works as an art teacher at the Boston Day and Evening Academy in Roxbury, MA.  He is intrigued by colors and shapes, which create situations similar to human behavior, events of nature, and the observation of reality.

* Pair it with Suspended Animation

> Sweet Suds from Melissa has soaps to meet your changing mood or season!  Reward your loved ones with these amazing hand-crafted gifts!

* Pair it with Desert Solitaire

> MW Knits offers uniquely colorful creations.  Amy Weader is a well-known artist and clerk of Framingham's former Fountain Street Studios.  Come meet Amy and check out her wonderful, eye-popping collection!

* Pair it with Fresh Boysen

> Brookfield Candle Company is home-based out of Framingham and creates triple-scented, handmade candles. Each candle is made to order using 100% all natural renewable soy wax. Only the finest uncut, undiluted oils are used.  Stop  by and say hello to Karen!

* Pair it with Poive Raz

 

> Susie Rich is an author of children's books and a social worker

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Susie has spent her career working in the social work/homelessness prevention field. She has written great children's books and resides near Boston with her family.  Please stop by to meet her and pick up some empowering books for kids.

* Pair it with Where Am I?

 

 

> Welcome to School of Rock, where students learn to rock their worlds.

School of Rock has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rock-star status.

* Pair it with Proper Daft.

 

 

 

> Visit Cheryl's Knits, from our very own local Framingham knitter!

Cheryl makes her keep by delivering you this wonderful, stylish gear to help you stay warm in the colder months!  Gift your family and reward Cheryl for all her hard work! 

* Pair it with Between the Clouds

 

 

 

 

> Toy Trucks and Succulents from Nicole will not disappoint!

These memorable, vintage items will help you make an impressive mark upon your friends and family.  Stop by Nicole's table to see what the commotion is all about!

* Pair it with Ein Dussel

 

> If you're into trend-setting style, Janine's Jewels is your go-to stop. 

Janine creates  pieces to help you capture current milestones and express special memories! 

* Pair it with YAWP

> Hand-knits by Jackie includes hats and accessories made from wool, alpaca and other luxury yarns.  Stop by this table to see what coziness is all about!

* Pair it with Pearly

 

> Jensine Casey's LuLaRoe Collection includes comfortable clothing in tons of patterns that are shaped into styles that flatter!


* Pair it with Isosceles #1

> Don't let the holiday stress aggravate your body. 

Framingham's
Chiropractic Solutions is offering much-need complimentary screenings for our holiday shoppers!

* Pair it with Good N'You?

 

> Atlantis Dental's team knows that oral hygiene is important during all months, especially the holiday season.  Stop by to visit this hard-working team that proudly represents downtown Framingham.  Care kits will be available for everyone!

* Pair it with Nectarine Berliner Weisse

> Munro Market

You won't want to miss this eclectic handmade and vintage home decor. It's a mix of funky plants, where mid-century inspired meets boho vibe. Please check out this Instagram for a sneak peak @munromarket!

* Pair it with Briagdeiro

 

> Still Dead Illustrations

Still Dead illustrations is the artwork of MA-based illustrator Melanie Christopher. She offers illustrations, paintings, prints, and more! Melanie is also available for custom artwork and freelance opportunities.  You will be blown away!

*Pair it with Grand Cru

 

 

> Jewelinga Designs

You're in store for jewelry made out of semi-precious stones and sterling silver, hat pieces, hand-made leather roses, and wristlets/wallets.  Stop by to say hello to Inga!

* Pair it with Suspended Animation

> Red Castle Beer Soap

Home-court advantage goes to Red Castle Beer Soap!  This beer soap is made by hand in the traditional cold process method, and it is the perfect stocking stuffer!

* Pair it with Between the Clouds

> New England Pallet Guy

Get sustainable with the New England Pallet Guy.  Here, you'll find hand-crafted custom furniture and decor made out of pallet wood and recycled reclaimed wood!

* Pair it with Proper Daft

 

Holiday Stroll   7 pm - 11 pm
                

Get to know your community on this four-hour adventure through downtown Framingham!  Learn about others' passions and aspirations this holiday season while you partake in our fun holiday games and show off your unique stroll swag!  We'll announce the holiday gear winner and help you vote on the best storefront window decorations, too!  Remember - there is zero pressure to drink or even spend money at every venue!

Downtown Celebration   
La Cantina 911 Waverly Street 6 pm - 10 pm
Tickets

                

It's time to come together and celebrate 2017 - a year full of business and community accomplishments!

  • Sign and facade improvements
  • Business milestones and expansions
  • New businesses
  • Green space enhancements
  • Community events and faith-based missions
  • Achievements in arts and culture
Whether you're a private citizen or business leader, ticket holders will receive great benefits, including paid social media marketing and complimentary passes to 2018 events!
7th Annual Downtown Framingham Holiday Storefront Window Decorating Contest
                             

Wait - the voting isn't over!  Throughout the month, we will upload storefront window displays from our downtown businesses.  You, the people, can vote online for your favorites!  Our esteemed panel of Celebrity Judges will decide the best overall. Stay tuned for more voting news!  Winners will be announced at a January City Council meeting, and winners will receive complimentary paid social media marketing!

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2017 Downtown Holiday Event Guide

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2017 Downtown Holiday Event Guide
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Voices of MetroWest presents Totally 90s
214 Concord Street  Fri 7:30 pm  Sat 3:00 pm                               
Voices of MetroWest presents this spectacular concert dedicated to the '90s, complete with Nirvana, Boy Bands, Britney Spears, and more!  Proceeds help support the Framingham Downtown Renaissance!  Get your tickets now!
Morton Street Gallery Opening 
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co.  6:00pm - 8:00pm                                    

Embrace the new collaboration between Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co. and Amazing Things Arts Center as they unveil the Morton Street Gallery!  This gallery will feature local artists with a unique style well suited to the brewery environment. The gallery will be curated and juried by Amazing Things and Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co.!  On-site parking at 81 Morton St.

Holiday Ornaments Workshop
Community Kiln 46 Park Street Suite 3 1:00pm - 4:00pm                           

Create holiday ornaments or ceramic gift tags using clay, all while learning basic hand-building techniques.  Tuition includes all materials and firing. Finished artworks can be picked up 3 weeks after the workshop.  Ages 5 to 15.  Advance registration required; price is per person so register anyone planning to create something.

26th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nevins Hall 150 Concord Street  5:45pm                             

Musical performances will be provided by Framingham Public Schools and the Framingham Girl Scouts. There will be face painting, cookies and hot chocolate. Children and families can have their photograph taken with Santa for a dollar and a free book will be provided to each child. 

Howard Street Studios -  First Open Studios
162 Howard Street (second floor)  12:00pm - 5:00pm                      

You'll be amazed at the gleaming floors and eight beautiful studios.  Come meet eight friendly artists in their own domain.  Balloons will mark the entrance to the second floor.

Community Kiln Holiday Sale & Open House
46 Park Street Suite 3   9:30am - 4:00pm                             

Celebrate the Season with Community Kiln! Come visit the studio and purchase one of a kind gifts for yourself and loved ones. There will be an abundance of sculptural and functional ceramics for sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Community Kiln's scholarship program. 

Paints and Pints 
Springdale Beer 102 Clinton  Street   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm                     

At Paint and Pints, have fun, sip a beer and take home your masterpiece. All materials will be provided in this Winter Themed Edition!  Tickets are $40 and include instructions, all materials for your masterpiece and one Springdale beer.

Holiday Stroll   7 pm - 11 pm
                

Get to know your community on this four-hour adventure through downtown Framingham!  Learn about others' passions and aspirations this holiday season while you partake in our fun holiday games and show off your unique stroll swag!  We'll announce the holiday gear winner and help you vote on the best storefront window decorations, too!  Remember - there is zero pressure to drink or even spend money at every venue!

Downtown Artisan Market 
Springdale Beer 102 Clinton Street 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
                

Each select vendor has been paired with a specialty brew from Springdale Beer.  Intrigued?  Check out more here!  

> 1854 Cycling pays homage to the Abolitionist movement in Framingham's own Harmony Grove, where activists like Henry David Thoreau, William Lloyd Garrison, and Sojourner Truth gathered in 1854.  Proceeds help end cycles of poverty among formerly incarcerated.  

* Pair it with Really, Though



> Venezuelan Artist Franklin Marval lives in Boston and works as an art teacher at the Boston Day and Evening Academy in Roxbury, MA.  He is intrigued by colors and shapes, which create situations similar to human behavior, events of nature, and the observation of reality.

* Pair it with Suspended Animation



> Sweet Suds from Melissa has soaps to meet your changing mood or season!  Reward your loved ones with these amazing hand-crafted gifts!

* Pair it with Desert Solitaire



> MW Knits offers uniquely colorful creations.  Amy Weader is a well-known artist and clerk of Framingham's former Fountain Street Studios.  Come meet Amy and check out her wonderful, eye-popping collection!

* Pair it with Fresh Boysen



> Brookfield Candle Company is home-based out of Framingham and creates triple-scented, handmade candles. Each candle is made to order using 100% all natural renewable soy wax. Only the finest uncut, undiluted oils are used.  Stop  by and say hello to Karen!

* Pair it with Poive Raz



> Susie Rich is an author of children's books and social worker

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Susie has spent her career working in the social work/homelessness prevention field. She has written great children's books and resides near Boston with her family.  Please stop by to meet her.

* Pair it with On the Contrary



> Welcome to School of Rock, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock has  the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rock-star status.

* Pair it with You had to be There


> Visit Cheryl's Knits, from our very own local
Framingham knitter!

Cheryl makes her keep by delivering you this wonderful, stylish gear to help you stay warm in the colder months!  Gift your family and reward Cheryl for all her hard work! 

* Pair it with But I Digress


> Toy Trucks and Succulents from Nicole  will not disappoint! These memorable, vintage items will help you make an impressive mark upon your friends and family.  Stop by Nicole's table to see what the commotion is all about!

* Pair it with So Anyway


> If you're into trend-setting style, Janine's Jewels is your go-to stop.  Janine creates  pieces to help you capture current milestones and express special memories! 

* Pair it with Rhuby Bluesday


> Hand-knits by Jackie includes hats and accessories made from wool, alpaca and other luxury yarns.  Stop by this table to see what coziness is all about!

* Pair it with Just Sayin'


> Jensine Casey's LuLaRoe Collection will include comfortable clothing in tons of patterns that are shaped into styles that flatter!


* Pair it with Amirite?!
 


> Don't let the holiday stress aggravate your body.  Framingham's Chiropractic Solutions is offering much-need complimentary screenings for our holiday shoppers!

* Pair it with Good N'You?


> Atlantis Dental's team knows that oral hygiene is important during all months, especially the holiday season.  Stop by to visit this hard-working team that proudly represents downtown Framingham.  Care kits will be available for everyone!

* Pair it with Cobi Colada

 

Downtown Celebration   
La Cantina 911 Waverly Street 6 pm - 10 pm
Tickets

                

It's time to come together and celebrate 2017 - a year full of business and community accomplishments!

  • Sign and facade improvements
  • Business milestones and expansions
  • New businesses
  • Green space enhancements
  • Community events and faith-based missions
  • Achievements in arts and culture
Whether you're a private citizen or business leader, ticket holders will receive great benefits, including paid social media marketing and complimentary passes to 2018 events!
Shop with a Cop 
Target     400 Cochituate Road                   
           

Celebrate the holiday season and shop with a cop from the MetroWest! Return the application linked here by December 14th.  Approximately 100 children will be chosen, based on financial need or military parents currently deployed. Students that are accepted will be notified by phone or email no later than Thursday, December 14th.   
- Your child must be available on December 19, 2017
- Your child must be in kindergarten through 8th grade
- You must live in Middlesex County

Photos with Santa 
MetroPCS 26 Union Avenue  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm                                  

Get FREE, high-quality photos with Santa at MetroPCS located at 26 Union Avenue.  Be sure to bring your kids out and stop at one of our downtown restaurants afterward.

7th Annual Downtown Framingham Holiday Storefront Window Decorating Contest
                             

Wait - the voting isn't over!  Throughout the month, we will upload storefront window displays from our downtown businesses.  You, the people, can vote online for your favorites!  Our esteemed panel of Celebrity Judges will decide the best overall. Stay tuned for more voting news!  Winners will be announced at a January City Council meeting, and winners will receive complimentary paid social media marketing!

Extra Resources

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Small Business Saturday Events, Promos and Reasons to Go Local

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> As you prepare for Small Business Saturday, we encourage stores and shoppers to consider using reusable shopping bags whenever possible.  Beginning on January 1, 2018, Framingham will join 55 other cities and towns in Massachusetts that have already enacted plastic bag reduction bylaws.  Please bring your own reusable shopping bags when shopping at all retail and grocery stores.  BYOBag shopping reduces waste and costs, helping both the environment as well as our local businesses.

Events - Small Business Saturday, November 25

> Holiday Market and Craft Fair at Amazing Things Art Center

Tax Advisor Grand Opening at 173 Concord Street

The Cold Turkey All Ages Rock Show at Amazing Things Art Center


Barrel Room Yoga at Springdale Beer


Melt Food Truck at Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company

Promotions - Small Business Saturday

> Atlantis Dental
> CORE Fitness
> Auto Bright
> Panza Shoes
> Miss Chic
> Terra Brasilis

17 more reasons to go local
with even more business features!

The Town of Framingham proclaimed Saturday, November 25th to be Small Business Saturday. Join us in celebrating our small businesses this Saturday! 
Reason #1: "Shopping at small businesses helps keep money within the neighborhood. A series of studies by the research firm Civic Economics found that 48 percent of purchases at local independent businesses go right back into the community, compared to less than 14 percent of sales made at chain stores."
Reason #2: "Money spent in the community will go back into it in the form of creating employment opportunities. According to the Small Business Administration, the 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all sales in the U.S. Plus small businesses have provided 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all new jobs since the 1970s."
Reason #3: "Small businesses develop partnerships and strengthen ties with people in the neighborhood. Brick and mortar establishments serve as community hubs!" This is so apparent downtown!
Reason #4: "Shopping at one local business helps other local businesses. By shopping at a business in the neighborhood, you’ll most likely stop by other independent retailers in the vicinity and create a ripple effect on the entire local economy."
Reason #5: "It helps keep communities diverse. By supporting small businesses, we’re making sure independent businesses thrive by adding to the cultural vibrancy and uniqueness of a community." 
Reason #6: "It helps keep communities diverse. By supporting small businesses, we’re making sure independent businesses thrive by adding to the cultural vibrancy and uniqueness of a community." 
Reason #7:  "Local businesses make more local purchases requiring less transportation and usually set up shop in town centers rather than on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, resource depletion and pollution."
Reason #8:  "Build Community! The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them builds relationships and community cohesiveness."
Reason #9:  "Get real value for yourself! Reader surveys by the Consumers Union repeatedly show independent businesses beating their chain competitors in overall customer satisfaction (and often save you money)."