Return of the Love Geneva Cash Mob!

Here is yet another thing we love about Geneva: in an era when large grocery store chains have driven out most of the small, independent groceries and markets that used to be the backbone of most small American towns, Geneva has seen TWO small, independent grocery stores open up on Castle Street. Talk about bucking a trend!! If you don’t know, we talking about:

La Reyna de Mexico, the small Mexican grocery/bodega at 20 Castle Street. Specializing in Mexican groceries, with a small restaurant in the back that is phenomenal (seriously), La Reyna is a secret jewel in the middle of Geneva.

Madia’s Italian Market on 68 Castle Street. Specializing in imported Italian goods, with a deli and butcher, this is next generation of the Madia’s Grocery store that closed earlier in the year. Reinvented with a more focused selection, Madia’s continues to be the best butcher shop in Geneva!

La Reyna and Madia’s join El Morro and Momberger’s as Geneva’s small, independent markets.

So we’re announcing the return of the LOVE GENEVA CASH MOB for this Saturday, June 6th! Help spread some local love on Saturday by stopping into La Reyna and/or Madia’s to see what they have going on and spend a little money to help keep local businesses thriving in Geneva! We’re hoping people can make it down to both between 11 am – 1 pm on Saturday, but if you can make it anytime that day, the love will be appreciated.

What is a CASH MOB? When members of the community come out to support selected businesses by spending a little money, making a cumulative impact on that business. Even spending as little as $5 will make a big impact. So come on out and show some love for Geneva’s locally-owned independent businesses!


Red Jacket Orchards joins the Love Geneva Loyalty Card

We are excited to announce that our friends at Red Jacket Orchards are the newest participating business for the 2015 Love Geneva Loyalty Card. Use your 2015 Loyalty Card for 10% off in store purchase of all Red Jacket items, as well as 15% off entire online purchase at with code ILOVEGENEVA.

Evidence that shopping local is making Geneva stronger.

Want some evidence that what you do is important? Proof that shopping local matters? As you know, LOVE GENEVA asked people to take a pledge to do at least 50% of their holiday shopping locally. You know what? The 4th quarter sales tax revenue in Geneva increased 10.7% in 2014 compared to 2013. In real terms, that means shopping in Geneva generate $75K+ in sales tax revenue more this year than last. That is sales tax revenue, which means that local businesses collectively made more than 10% in revenue during the final quarter of last year than the year before. That is more money for local businesses, more money for local development projects, more money for local infrastructures, more money for community programs. You know who did that? YOU DID!!! Keep loving Geneva. Keep shopping local.

The Love Geneva 2015 Loyalty Card


The LOVE GENEVA loyalty card  — shopping local has its rewards!

Last year’s Love Geneva 2014 Loyalty Card was a great success — raising around $2,500 for the Foundation for the Geneva Public Library. So we are pleased that the 2015 LOVE GENEVA loyalty card — available for only $10.00 — is now available, with all profits going to the Music Boosters of Geneva, supporting music-based programs for the Geneva School District. It is currently available for purchase at the Finger Lakes Gifts & LoungeStomping GroundsEarthly Possessionsand Burrall & Sons Insurance.

During 2015, the card can be used at participating Geneva businesses. The holder of the card is entitled to whatever benefits the business establishes as their “loyalty reward.”

Participating businesses so far:

Amazing Grace: $10 off a $60+ Tattoo, $5 off of $45+ piercing and $5 off a $30+ jewelry purchase.

Area Records and Music: $1 off all new Compact Disc and Record Vinyl; 5% off all new Guitar purchases; Buy 2 sets of guitar strings get a 3rd of equal or lesser value for 50% off.

Billsboro Winery: 10% off wine and Billsboro logo apparel.

Blink Permanent Cosmetics:  $10 off $100 worth of product; $50 off permanent make-up service

Cams: 5% off orders over $15

Creators Touch Barber: $2.00 off a hair cut

Earthly Possessions:  10% off purchases of $50 or more

Exquisite Skin Care Spa: 10% off any service

FA Church Hardware:  10% off purchases

Finger Lakes Gifts and Lounge: 10% off food and beverages of $5 or more

Geneva Bicycle Center: 10% of service (excludes parts)

Geneva Foreign and Sports: free NY State inspection

Geneva Printing Company: 10% off all order

Joe’s Hots: 10% off orders

Lake City Hobby: 10% off purchases over $25

Lake Drum: free tasting of any product made by Lake Drum

Main Moon: Free soda with each combo plate; or free sweet sour chicken (small) with orders over $25.

Marks Pizzeria: Buy a large 2 topping pizza and get a free medium cheese pizza

Microclimate: Free Beverage with purchase of flight

Opus Espresso and Food Bar: $1 cup of coffee or $2 off purchase of $10 or more

Parker’s: Free soft drink with any meal purchase

Stomping Grounds: 10% off in-store items

Water Street Cafe: 10% off

[please note that discounts may vary by month/season; we will do our best to keep this list updated]

NOTE TO BUSINESSES: If you are interested in participating, please contact us at

Take the Pledge: Do at least 50% of your Holiday shopping locally

Take the Pledge

This year, we are asking people to take a pledge: do at least 50% of your Holiday shopping at locally-owned stores in Geneva.

According to retail statistics, shoppers are expected to spend over $800 during the Holiday season. Around 44% of that will be done online, and a sizable chunk done at big box stores with next-to-no connections to their local communities.

The reality is that for every $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, less than $43 remains in the local economy, and $57 leaves. But for every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $73 remains in the local economy, and only $27 leaves. Moreover, shopping at locally-owned businesses means that your money is recirculated over and over and creates up to 75% more tax revenue to our community and state. Bottom-line: shopping locally strengthens Geneva’s economy and community (to say nothing of the superior one-on-one customer service).

So we are asking everyone to “Take the Pledge” — this Holiday season do at least half of your shopping at locally-owned stores. And given that many of them have online presences, you can still shop online while shopping locally! Take the Pledge today, and tell your friends too!!


More great deals through the 2014 Loyalty Card

We have two more businesses offering great deals for holders of the 2014 Love Geneva Loyalty Card:

Geneva Foreign and Sports will be offering free NY State inspections

Water Street Cafe will be giving cardholders 10% off their bill.

Go here for a complete list of participating business. The cards are available at the Geneva Public Library, Finger Lakes Gift and Lounge, Earthly Possessions, CS Burrall and Sons Insurance, and Stomping Grounds. They are only $10 and we’ve already raised well over a thousand dollars for the Foundation for the Geneva Public Library.

April is EAT LOCAL month again!

Last year we announced that April would be EAT LOCAL MONTH. It was a great success, so we’re bring it back for 2014. Sadly, we have recently lost a couple of locally-owned restaurants in Geneva. But the overall number has actually GROWN in the past year.

The fact is that independent, locally-owned restaurants are one of the backbones of our local economy. They provide valuable direct employment to many people, they are an important source of tax revenue, they draw outsiders to our community — who then shop in other Geneva stores, and they often support local and regional farmers, as well as other locally-owned businesses (from accountants and lawyers to carpenters and electricians). And they give back to the community in numerous ways — including donating food to the needy and supporting various fundraisers for community projects.

We’ve launched a poster campaign to help promote APRIL IS EAT LOCAL month. Please patronize independent, locally-owned restaurants as often as possible during April — and beyond. Encourage your friends and co-workers to dine local. Many of you probably already patronize your favorite local restaurant, but consider expanding your horizons and dine at a locally-owned establishment on the list that you have never tried before!

Eat Local April 2014 poster

New businesses honoring the 2014 Loyalty Card

Posters have gone up around town listing the many businesses honoring the 2014 Loyalty Card. But in the past few days, we’ve had three other businesses join in. They are:

Exquisite Skin Care Spa: 10% off any service

Dallywater’s – A Tea-centric British Eatery: 10% off food and drink purchases

Geneva Printing Company: 10% off all order

We are excited to have them join the campaign. If your business would like to join as well, just drop us an email!

We’re also pleased to announce that you can also purchase your 2014 Loyalty Cards at the Geneva Public Library itself. They join Stomping Grounds, Finger Lakes Gifts and Lounge, Earthly Possessions, and CS Burrall Insurance as vendors of the $10 cards. All proceeds go to the Foundation for the Geneva Public Library. In related news, the cards have been selling so well, we’ve had to order a second batch of cards. Thanks so much!!