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Easy way to support locally owned businesses celebrates milestone

Easy way to support locally owned businesses celebrates milestone

Credit: Go Local Austin

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on April 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Research shows that when you spend your money at locally owned businesses versus national chains -- three times as much money stays local.

It’s the same concept that helped launch the Go Local Card four years ago. Hard to believe it’s been four years since this card got its start here in Austin, but it is one of the best ways to save at locally owned businesses.

I've written about this card before, but in case you’re not familiar with it, here's how it works:

You buy the card once a year. Each card costs $15 -- remember this is for a year's worth of savings. 

You can buy a card online or at participating Go Local places.

Then simply show the card at the 600+ member locations when you shop and save every time. No need to swipe anything, have a coupon or sign up for anything. The list of businesses where you can use it as well as charities and schools that benefit continues to grow. In fact the organizers just added People’s Pharmacy to the list of businesses where you can save.

Here’s a sampling of what you can save:

  • 10% off food at Alamo Drafthouse
  • 5% off every visit to Torchy's Tacos
  • 10% off at Kerbey Lane M - F
  • 10% off Tomlinson's (not including food)
  • 5% off OTC and deli at Peoples Pharmacy
  • 600+ more places all over town -- restaurants, shopping, coffee, pharmacies, outdoors, supplies, and beyond!

And keep in mind some of the other ways you can help support your locally owned businesses this weekend. Saturday, April 21st the Austin Independent Business Alliance is having a Spring Fling. You’ll find sidewalk sales and savings at dozens of locally owned businesses.

Then Sunday, Earth Day, from 12 to 6pm check out the Austin Earth Day Festival and celebrate the Go Local Card four year anniversary. There are a lot of great exhibits and a kid friendly area, you can even recycle your old electronics at the festival. It takes place at 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin, TX 78723 and is produced by Texas Green Network, a local non-profit, in partnership with Mueller and the City of Austin. Admission is FREE.