Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Which three would you miss?

Which three locally owned stores would you miss the most if they disappeared?

That's the question posed by a shop-local campaign moving through the e-mail and blogospheres.

The 3/50 Project, begun by Minneapolis-based Cinda Baxter, challenges people to spend a total of $50 each month at their three favorite retailers. Fifty bucks split three ways, essentially, in an effort to shore them up and make sure they stay in business.

The campaign claims that $68 of every $100 spent in independently owned stores returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.

Brick-and-mortar participants in the project from include Faithful Gifts and Red Door Antiques Inc. from Amarillo and Charlotte & Company and Perryton Office Supply/RadioShack from Perryton.

Another list of "supporters" includes the city of Perryton CDC and Perryton-Ochiltree Chamber of Commerce. The site defines supporters as community organizations, vendors, sales agencies and other types of entities.

Can a web campaign like this make an impact on a local economy?

Which three businesses would you pick?

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