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Vote with Your Dollars - Part 1 of 2
GoLocal in the News
So, those of us who are not enthused about the idea of an even bigger Wal-Mart in our midst may not be able to stop it. But we do have luscious alternatives, like Oliver's Market and Better Botanicals.
The United States of Generica
No matter how large the problem seems, or how insignificant our efforts may seem in the short run, over the long run, if we stick together, we can shift the dominant economic paradigm from one of greed, power, and profit, to one of balance, fairness, and a mindset of making decisions for the common good, and long-term best interest of all.
Bohemian Article on Rewards Card
In February, the Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative took preliminary steps toward establishing a countywide credit-clearing system. Fancy economic jargon aside, credit clearing fosters a network of exchanges between local merchants and residents.
VIDEO: Friedman's Home Improvement
Friedman's Home Improvement is a founding member of GoLocal and Build Local Sponsor.
Todd Sheffield— Personally Speaking
Todd Sheffield of Community First Credit Union shares some thoughts on living in Sonoma County. What for you defines 'quality of life'?  Quality of life includes the right mix of commerce, opportunity, care for the environment and activities that benefit all –– such as open space and great local eateries.
Making the Shift Happen to Local
What is the Shift? Shift represents moving purchases of goods and services from out-of-county-owned-businesses (OCOB) to locally-owned businesses (LOB).  This includes purchases made by individual residents, visitors, businesses and local governments.
Brett Martinez— Personally Speaking
Brett Martinez of Redwood Credit Union, shares some thoughts on living in Sonoma County. What for you defines 'quality of life'? Being surrounded by family and friends that you care for, and having the time to enjoy them.
Mark A. Dierkhising— Personally Speaking
Mark A. Dierkhising of Dierk's Parkside Cafe shares some thoughts on living in Sonoma County. What for you defines 'quality of life'? Wide range of things to do in the North Bay.
Josh Silvers— Personally Speaking
Josh Silvers of Syrah Bistro and Jackson's Bar and Oven shares some thoughts on living in Sonoma County. What for you defines 'quality of life'? A loving family, good friends, good food and wine and the time to enjoy it all.
Local Has Its Options
Dear Localista, I'm from Napa County and stumbled across your website searching for a local bookstore.  One of your members has a location in Napa County.  What difference does it make whether I shop at a local bookstore in Napa, at the Sonoma County owned store, or at our neighborhood Barnes & Noble? Avid Reader in Calistoga
Independent Retailers Outperform Many Chains Over Holidays
In an extremely challenging economic climate, independent retailers are outperforming many chains, a national survey has found.