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Small Business Saturday. Shop Local.

November 26, 2016

Small Business Saturday. Shop Local.

Yesterday, on “Black Friday,” millions of Americans spent billions of dollars with the multi-national corporations that sell imported products in U.S. shopping malls. Some of us resisted this retail feeding frenzy and bought nothing. Today people from both camps will buy local, shopping with neighborhood shops on Small Business Saturday.

$100 spent with local businesses returns $68 to the community vs. $43 spent at big box stores. So think outside the big box and shop local. The Small Business Saturday campaign was started in 2010 by American Express, but your local shopkeepers will really thank you if you pay cash and leave your Amex card at home (shops have to pay Amex swipe fees).

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Movie Night in America

July 29, 2015

“For towns across America, theaters — both the stage and screen variety — have long been places to congregate. During summer months, they offer sweltering citizens a cool place to collectively relax.

‘The movie theater is one of the last places where we can still gather and experience something together,’ German film director Wolfgang Petersen once said. ‘I don’t think the desire for that magic will ever go away.”

— “The theater: No longer a magical refuge from reality,” Michael E. Miller, Washington Post

“Going to a summer movie is a celebration of the American creative spirit and one of our nation’s most beloved pastimes. Let us stand together in these times of tragedy and embrace what is precious to us — churches, schools and places where the arts can send our spirits soaring. As a national community of artists and audiences, AFI offers our heartfelt sympathies to the victims in Louisiana and their families.”

— Bob Gazzale, American Film Institute

More:

“What we lose when movie theaters aren’t safe,” Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post

“A Brief History of Violence in American Movie Theaters,” Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

Update:

“Largest U.S. movie chain searching bags after recent theater attacks,” Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post

Video: “Saturday Night at the Movies,” written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, recorded by The Drifters in 1964.

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Small Business Saturday: Shop Local

November 26, 2011

Small Business Saturday: Shop Local

Yesterday, on “Black Friday,” millions of Americans spent billions of dollars with the multi-national corporations that sell imported products in U.S. shopping malls. Some resisted this retail feeding frenzy and bought nothing. Today people from both camps will buy local, shopping with neighborhood shops on Small Business Saturday.

$100 spent with local businesses returns $68 to the community vs. $43 spent at big box stores. So think outside the big box and shop local.

More:

“Gift buyers like local mom-and-pop shops’ unique choices,” Erin Kutz and Jayne O’Donnell, USA Today

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Peter Bug Way

December 20, 2010

Peter Bug Way

The 400 block of 13th Street SE in the Nation’s Capital became “Peterbug Matthews Way” last Saturday. It’s named after the community leader who founded and runs the Peter Bug Shoe and Leather Repair Academy in a small building on the corner of 13th and E Streets, SE.

John “Peter Bug” Matthews, a fifth-generation Washingtonian, has been training young men as cobblers since 1977. He became known as “Peter Bug” because of an old VW he fixed up and drove years ago. Members of his Academy, some as young as 8 years old, commit to learning a trade, keeping up their grades, and performing public service. Leather repairs and other part-time jobs help them earn money without getting into trouble. Some of the shoes young apprentices learn to fix are donated, and well-repaired shoes are given to families unable to afford new footwear.

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