It's called the 3/50 Project, and its grassroots campaign designed to "save" independent businesses.
Participation is really simple. Choose your three favorite locally owned businesses, and at those three shops combined, commit to spending $50 a month.
If half of the U.S. population did this, we would generate more than $42 trillion in revenue. For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays local.With Seward Co-op, CorAzoN, and Mezzanine Salon all located within walking distance, spending money on locally owned businesses is a treat in my neighborhood.
The list below represents the participants and supporters who have signed up in Minneapolis (this doesn't mean that these are the only locally owned places where you should shop):
Birchbark Books & Native Arts
Brown & Greene Floral Market
Castle Building & Remodeling
Electric Fetus Co.
I Like You
Indulge & Bloom
Industrial and Residential Lighting Inc.
Ingebretsen's Scandinavian Gifts and Foods
Lights On Broadway
Linden Hills Co-op & Natural Home
Linden Hills Florist
Mother Earth Gardens
Nielsen Framing Studio
Nokomis Shoe Shop
Ribnick Fur & Leather
Rosenthal Contemporary Furniture
Sacred Rearrangements Shop & Healing Center
Sigh Yoga + Boutique
Soderberg's Floral & Gift
Steamworks Coffee & Tea
The Green Goober
The Warren-An Artist Habitat
The Wellness Center
Thyme to Entertain
Twin Cities Green
Vern Carver & Beard Art Galleries
Wilde Roast Cafe
[where: Minnesota, Food, Minneapolis, Twin Cities, 55406]