Monday, May 4, 2009

What Would Your 3 Be?


Which three stores would you miss the most if it had to close its doors?  This grass roots organization, the 3/50 Project, is asking us to think about which three independently owned stores mean the most to each of us and then to stop in, say hello, and let them know you appreciate what they are doing.  Show them we are thankful for their dedication to our town, to quality and service, and to keeping a "main street" alive and well in our community.  They can't do it on their own.  They need our support.  The tourists that come in aren't enough.  The horses, healing springs, and beautiful surroundings are just the beginning to what Saratoga Springs is really all about.  The boutiques, restaurants, and merchants are the backbone to the community.  The statistic that got me was..."For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community throught taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.  If you spend that in a national chain only $43 stays here.  Spend it online and nothing stays here."  The 3/50 project asks us to support our local brick and mortars by spending $50 a month at one of our locally owned establishments or break it up between three.  This jesture will make sure that our downtown stays strong and signals to the merchants that they have our support.  Our national economy will recover one small business at a time...

Shopping with Downtown Susie Brown on May 13th is the perfect opportunity to get started.  Grab some friends and meet us at PaperDolls of Saratoga where the event kicks off at 6:00 p.m..  Make a donation to Franklin Community Center's M.O.M.'s program {diaper's wipes, baby food, formula, etc} and you will receive a coupon book filled with great savings at downtown locally owned stores.  The shopping ends at 9:00, but the fun is just getting started!  We will meet at Cantina on Broadway for food and drink specials and GIVEAWAY drawings!!!  Mark your calendars and RSVP...  Please contact me if you need any more information.

Have a great week!




  1. I think this is such a great idea. Too often, we turn to the internet for shopping because it's easy, but I would so much rather support my local community than some unknown, faceless company. We could make such a difference if we all do this.

  2. Absolutely! Thanks to DTSB I've discovered new doors to open.