Will you be able to do it? Three days of no shopping, pampering, wining or dining at chains?
"We want to spur a culture of shopping locally," says Terrell Pollard, executive director of the Bridge Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit that's organizing Shop Richmond Weekend 2010 . The goal is for all locally owned businesses to participate the weekend of March 19, 2010, with discounts, special events and more.
Nancy Thomas, president and CEO of the Retail Merchants Association, notes that for every dollar spent at a locally owned, independent business, 45 cents is thrown back into the local economy. At most, 15 cents returns when purchases are made at national chains. For more information, call 651-4888 or visit shoprva.com.