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Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 02:20 pm

Someone's going to win $1000!

Hopefully by now you’ve heard about the Capital Area Independent Business Alliance and our holiday campaign KEEP YOUR MONEY HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. 

The campaign runs from November 1 through December 15 and the message is oh so simple:        

Don’t shop in St. Louis, or Chicago. Don’t make that trip to the mall in Peoria or Bloomington. Don’t go online and spend like a drunken sailor.   Instead, KEEP YOUR MONEY HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.   That is,  make the commitment to keep all your spending local this holiday season … shop with local businesses, eat at local restaurants, support local non profit organizations.     We encourage every consumer to spend 50 cents of every dollar with local independent businesses ...  and even if the other 50 cents is spent at mega retailers, at least make sure that mega store is in OUR community.          This way every dollar you spend will come back to fix our roads, keep our neighbors employed, fill our tax coffers instead of those in other communities.  

The Capital Area Independent Business Alliance is betting that a lot of folks will hear this message and become believers.  So much so that the the group is going to give one lucky consumer $1000 cash.  Register to win at the CAIBA website (www.iBuySpi.com),  all you have to do is take the local first pledge and you'll be registered in the sweepstakes that will make someone $1000 richer on December 16th.    You must be 18 to enter, there is no purchase necessary and CAIBA board members are not eligible to win.   

While you're there look for the list of local, independent businesses organized by category - www.iBuySpi.com.

Hungry?  From Mariah's to Maldaner's, Augie's to Kiku - local beats chain every time!    Shopping for fresh seafood?  Try Robert's ... Country Market, Humphrey's.     Looking for an interesting gift?  Head to the Prairie Art Alliance or the Illinois State Museum gift shop where you're buying the work of Illinois artisans, not imported items made who knows where.     How about antiques or handicrafts?  There are several fun galleries around downtown including Flea Market to Fabulous, ... choose one of the many local jewelry stores to find that special bauble.   Need some funny holiday cards?  Stop by downtown's Cardologist.   Coffee?  Stop for coffee at Trout Lily Cafe or Grab a Java.   Lunch?   Incredibly Delicious, Maya or Catie Girls,  Dublin Pub or the Mekong Cafe.     Back on the shopping trail don't miss  Bella, LChic, Jim Herron Ltd.    Fairhills Mall  has Imagination Plus, Town and Country has Designer Chic.   I could go on and on.  The point:   shop local first.  Its so much more interesting, rewarding and oh so much better for our community! 

Please share this message with your friends and neighbors.   Send local business tips to capcitybizbuzz@illinoistimes.com.

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