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Think Local. Buy Local.

Buy gifts locally, whether shopping online or
in-store, to help the Chippewa Valley’s
retailers, restaurants, & venues survive
another odd and challenging year.

It’s clear we all would have hoped for a more normal 2021. Last year, small businesses in our community dealt with the most challenging circumstances possible. But it turned out this year had its own troubles, too. The ongoing pandemic has affected foot traffic, customer preferences, staffing levels, operating hours, supply chains, and so much more.

But the holidays are the time we can all help turn that around. We can again make our support known by choosing to shop local. Most local establishments have maintained safety protocols for in-store shopping, and have invested in their online stores to offer easy shop-from-home options. Plus, many local shops may not have the supply chain issues the big box retailers currently do!

so this year …
Skip Amazon. Skip Wal-Mart.
Think Local, Buy Local, and
Support the Chippewa Valley.

We can’t afford to lose any local restaurants, unique retailers, or important venues and non-profits. So let’s all take ownership of our community, and support local businesses more than ever.


“I will buy local this year.”

Make It Matter

“I will buy local this year.”

1.  Show Your Support

  Add your name to the list.

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2.  Spread the Word!

  Local businesses need your help.

Share this page with your friends, family, and followers.

As you plan your holiday gifts and community
giving, consider the list below as inspiration,
then discuss what actions are right
for you and your family:

Safely visit local shops & restaurants in person. Small stores mean smaller crowds. Call ahead if you want to check on their pandemic policies.

Check if your favorite local shops offer online or call-in shopping. There could be easy curbside, in-store pick up, or shipping options.

Buy gift cards to your favorite local restaurants, to use now or to save for the future. They make great stocking stuffers.

Enjoy a fun holiday meal — order local delivery or curbside pick-up, and tip workers as much (or more) than you would dining in.

Support local non-profits and venues with donations and gift card purchases. Many of their events and fundraisers are cancelled or struggling, so your investment can mean a lot.

Spread the word. You have the power to make this a movement. Encourage your friends and family to do the same this year, and make the effort to support local.

and finally …

Commit to #MakeItMatter by shopping
locally as much as possible this year.

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