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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Shop Local Orlando!

Did you see Beachcombers Bazaar's television debut on the Channel 6 11:00 News, Tuesday March? We are very excited about it!

The Florida Retail Federation has launched a campaign to encourage Floridians to shop locally, and Erik von Ancken dropped by the store for a quick interview and to film some footage of a local business. Erik heard about us from Elissa who teaches Dance Trance (how fun is that!) at the You Health Center.

A HUGE thank you to Elissa!

The basics of the "shop local campaign" is that we, as consumers, should try to find what we need in our own communities before reaching out further, thus supporting local business and keeping their doors open. The FRF is hoping to keep more spending and tax dollars in Florida to help the state weather the financial crunch.

As both a local brick and mortar business and an online business we have a unique perspective on this.

As a small family business with a single physical store in College Park Orlando, I can certainly relate to the importance of this. Shopping local, especially smaller businesses, keeps the community and charm of an area alive. Target and Don Pablos are great, but let's not forget Bijou's Boutique and Paxia (let's all support Paxia, they have the best guacamole ever!). Smaller businesses often don't have the massive amounts of cash and credit to weather tougher economical times, that larger chains and corporations do. No one wants to see empty storefronts.

As the owner of an internet business, I still understand this local push. We work with local businesses on a somewhat larger scale. Instead of working with big factories in India and Pakistan, we work with small family businesses. The business we give them, directly impacts their local communities. We may sell worldwide, but we like to think of both our suppliers and our customers as part of our own little Beachcombers community. We've even had customers from all over the country include a visit to our store as a part of their Florida vacation plans!

Back to the filming itself...
The shoot was loads of fun and I think it showed off the store wonderfully. Thanks Erik and Scott!

We were lucky enough to have a couple of local customers drop in while walking their dogs. Thanks for being on camera with us ladies!

I was super excited to see a close up of Susan's Eyegams Mineral Pigments, and I loved all the great shots of our neighbors, Forever Young Floral Designs, Top Drawer, David's World Cycle, and Blades Salon.

Just wanted to share that bit of our excitement with you! I hope to see you at our local store, Beachcombers Bazaar, but if that's not convenient for you, visit us online at our website, www.ShopBeachcombers.com.

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