‘Go local’ with Ed! this summer

By Cadence Clyborne | Jul 02, 2015

Kick off your weekend with a bang at the “Edmonds Kind of 4th” parade and festivities this

coming holiday weekend.

As part of our ongoing campaign to expand awareness for Ed! and its members, we will be marching as a sea of green this year.

We will showcase our umbrellas, tote bags and transit ads to spread the word about all the great businesses located in downtown Edmonds, and encourage everyone to “Go Local” this summer.

Encouraging a local-first mindset boosts the economic vitality of towns like Edmonds – increasing local employment opportunities, growing local businesses, encouraging local spending and creating a character of place – going local keeps more of our dollars in our community.

Research conducted by economic analysis and strategic planning firm Civic Economics showed that for every $100 spent by consumers purchasing products or services from a local business, the amount of money that stays in the community is $68, but when consumers buy from a non-local business, only $43 stays in the community.

That’s an increase of 25 percent – imagine how that positively affects your neighbors, small business owners, and local economy. Your choices do make a difference.

Additional “Go Local” information and resources are available at the American Independent Business Alliance (amiba).

With over 300 member businesses, Ed! is committed to keeping downtown vibrant and thriving. From your favorite restaurants, cafes and shops to local accountants, masseuses, mental health professionals, grocery, veterinary and pharmacists, downtown Edmonds allows everyone to think local first for any service or need.

Also this summer, Ed! is participating in the community celebration of the City’s 125th anniversary. Ed! members are working on a sidewalk sale event to occur in combination with the anniversary events on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Anniversary festivities begin around 1 p.m. on 5th Avenue North between City Hall and the Historical Museum and will feature live performances from local musical, dance and theater groups, congratulatory remarks from Mayor Earling, and a visiting delegation from Edmonds’ Japanese sister city, Hekinan.

Enjoy a slice of birthday cake, compete in the sidewalk chalk event, shop the sidewalk sale, and top it all off by dancing in the streets.

For more information and to RSVP to the event, go to the City’s 125th event page on Facebook. While you’re there, take a look at the “Happy Birthday” selfies coming in from Edmonds residents and friends around the world!

This summer, the Ed! board will meet once monthly at the Edmonds Center for the Arts in Room 225 at 8 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Our next meeting is July 9.

The board will begin working on planning and budgeting for 2016 in late summer and early fall. Input from the public and members is encouraged, please join us and provide your ideas.

For more information, visit edmondsdowntown.org/about-ed/.

 

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