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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.
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.
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.
Friedman's Home Improvement is a founding member of GoLocal and Build Local Sponsor.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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
In an extremely challenging economic climate, independent retailers are outperforming many chains, a national survey has found.