Buy Local Campaigns actually work: 140 US cities now running buy local programs

“Almost half [of business owners in cities with active 'buy local' campaigns] reported that the campaign had brought new customers to their business and 55% said it had made existing customers more loyal,” Stacy Mitchell of the New Rules Project reports. “More than two-thirds said local media coverage of independent businesses had increased and 51% said that local government officials were now more aware and supportive of the needs of independent businesses.”

- from ECOPOLITOLOGY

Creativity, Community, Innovation: Yes Please More in Denver, Colorado – PSFK

Yes Please More’s latest pop up store is located on the second level of Denver Pavilions, right behind Niketown, in a space once occupied by a bridal boutique. 70% of the sales made at the store will directly benefit local creatives while the other 30% will be used to support additional programming. In selling quirky, locally-focused pieces, Brian explained, “We kinda feel like we’re exporting a bit of Colorado culture – and it’s a great alternative to the Made in China shot glasses that you can get at the other souvenir shops in town.” An entire class of interior design students from the Art Institute of Colorado created fixtures for the store and will continue working with Sam and Brian throughout the lifespan of the installation, which will close later this winter.

- from psfk.com