July 4 may be Independence Day, but all of next week is Independents Week. The national movement, which takes July 1-7, is meant to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurism and economic self-determination by honoring independent businesses and the way they diversify local economies. In the spirit of the week, Local First will be running a number of promotions, including a shop local passport challenge. Community members who shop at local participating businesses (noted by a decal out front) get stamps – with every five, they will be entered into a drawing to win a variety of prizes including gift cards and goodies from local favorites such as Wagon Wheel, Spaaah Shop, 4Corners Riversports and Pine Needle.
Passports will be handed out this Sat., June 30, at the Durango Farmers Market and around town. To learn more, go to local-first.org/independents-week.