Austin Retailers Urge Shoppers to Ditch Chains for a Day

Date: 1 Nov 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Independent retailers in Austin, Texas, are calling on local residents to break the chain store habit by shopping exclusively at locally owned businesses on Saturday, November 15. The one-day event—known as Austin Unchained—is being organized by the Austin Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), a association of some 200 locally owned businesses. The group is promoting Austin Unchained through tee-shirts, flyers, and posters. … Read More

Retail Sprawl Impairing Nation’s Waterways

Date: 1 Sep 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As big box stores and chain retailers consume more and more undeveloped land, polluted runoff from their parking lots is placing an ever greater burden on the nation’s rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. Storm water control measures and filtration systems produce only modest improvement, according to experts. A better solution is to channel commerce back into compact downtowns and neighborhood business districts, which are far less polluting. … Read More

Arizona Coalition Urges, Think Independently, Buy Locally

Date: 1 Jul 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new coalition of more than 70 independent businesses in the Phoenix metro area is urging residents to "Think Independently, Buy Locally." The coalition, known as Arizona Chain Reaction, grew out of a conversation between Michael Monti, owner of Monti’s restaurant, and Kimber Lanning, owner of Stinkweed, an alternative music store. At first, they simply wanted to get about ten local businesses together to buy advertising as a group. … Read More

Tampa Businesses Celebrate Second Annual “Independents Week”

Date: 1 Jul 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Twenty locally owned businesses—including restaurants, a record store, a grocer, a hardware dealer, clothing stores, a gift shop, and a bookstore—participated in this year’s second annual Independents Week celebration. The event is designed to broaden awareness of the value independent businesses and encourage residents to shop locally.… Read More

Shenandoah Valley Residents Fight Big Box Development

Date: 1 Apr 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Citizens in Front Royal, Virginia, a town of 13,000 in the Shenandoah Valley, are organizing to block a 184,000-square-foot Wal-Mart superstore. The development is slated for 121-acre tract of flood plain land bordering the south fork of the Shenandoah River. In order to proceed, Wal-Mart must convince the town to re-zone the land from residential to commercial. Residents have organized under the banner "Save Our Gateway" to fight the project. … Read More

Independent Business Alliances Forms in Santa Fe

Date: 1 Apr 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Local businesses, nonprofit organization, and residents are uniting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to bolster the local economy and build a more self-reliant community. The Santa Fe Independent Business Community Alliance (SFIBCA) formed in December and has already attracted more than 370 members. About 60 percent of the members are independent businesses supplying a broad range of goods and services: bookstores, pharmacies, banks, radio stations, auto repair shops, accountants, printers, builders, beauty salons, and physicians. … Read More

Coalitions Key to Survival of Independent Music Stores

Date: 1 Apr 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Album sales dropped more than 11 percent last year. Forecasts predict they will dive another 6 percent this year. The internet is partly to blame; the record industry says 2.6 billion music files are downloaded from the internet each month, many of which are burned to CDs. Music is also facing competition from other forms of entertainment, especially among teenagers, who are spending more money on DVDs and electronic games. Radio consolidation hasn’t helped either. … Read More

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