LIBAFirst it was the national Big Box chains.

Then, Amazon came after the mom-and-pop stores.

And still, our local retailers flourish.

Now, the Louisville Independent Business Alliance is reminding shoppers they can still buy locally while shopping online Cyber Monday, in the conviction local shopping circulates more dollars in the community.

From the LIBA news release:

From November 20 to January 6, LIBA will encourage shoppers to choose local and independent businesses for their holiday purchases. Making the shift to local independents is one of the fastest ways to build a strong local economy and create jobs in our community.[i] LIBA’s membership provides a variety of online options for Cyber Shoppers!

Below is a sampling of LIBA Member Businesses with online purchase and fulfillment capabilities:

(For a complete list of member businesses, visit the LIBA site here.)

• A Taste of Kentucky

• Cardaroo Products

• The Dine Company

• Dundee Candy Shop

• Gift Certificates America

• GRACESHIP

• Kentucky Made & More

• Louisville Tea Company

• Louisville Stoneware

• Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

• Peace of the Earth

• Planet Einstein

• Zi Olive

LIBA also has launched its 6th Annual Shift Your Shopping Contest.

Receipts from these online retailers who are local also count towards the contest, with one local person potentially winning big.

The rules:

Collect receipts from five member businesses by January 6, 2014, mail in or present the receipts for review at one of the sponsor sites (Highland Cleaners or Feeders Supply), and you’ll be entered into the drawing to win $1000 in gift certificates to LIBA businesses.

Full contest details and a list of participating businesses are at www.keeplouisvilleweird.com.

LIBA’s Shift Your Shopping Contest is sponsored by Highland Cleaners and Feeders Supply.

About the Louisville Independent Business Alliance: The LIBA mission is to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area by promoting locally-owned businesses and to educate citizens on the value of buying locally. For more information and a member list, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com.

About the Shift Your Shopping Campaign The campaign, now in its third year, is a collaboration including the Louisville Independent Business AllianceThe American Independent Business Alliance, the Business Alliance for Local Living EconomiesThe Institute for Local Self-Reliance and 150 Local Business organizations representing over 40,000 Local Independent businesses across North America.

About Cyber Monday: Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States. The term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled “‘Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year.”



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