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

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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!!

The 2014 Loyalty Card is here!

Love Geneva front copy

The LOVE GENEVA loyalty card  — putting your money where your heart is!

We are proud to announce our newest project: the 2014 LOVE GENEVA loyalty card. Co-sponsored by the UG Collective, the loyalty card provides the cardholder with great rewards from participating local businesses. The LOVE GENEVA loyalty card is available for $10.00 at Finger Lakes Gifts & LoungeStomping GroundsEarthly Possessions, and Burrall Insurance. All profits from the sale of the card will go to the Foundation for Geneva Public Library, which provides financial support for the Library. A list of participating businesses and their current loyalty rewards is provided under the “2014 Loyalty Card” link on the left.

USING THE CARD:

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.” This could entail things such as a 10% discount, a free dessert with meal, half price on selected items – whatever the business wants to establish. The business may change the “loyalty reward” on a monthly or seasonal basis.

WHY A CARD?:

Shop Local campaigns across the country have had great success with loyalty cards. Research indicates that shopping local increases when shoppers are incentivized to do so.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

All profits made from the sale of loyalty cards will be going to the Foundation for Geneva Public Library, which provides financial support for the Library.

ARE YOU AN INTERESTED BUSINESS?

Our volunteers have tried to contact all the locally-owned businesses in Geneva, but may have missed you. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at LoveGenevaNY@gmail.com. Thanks!

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.

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 $20 or more

FA Church Hardware:  10% off purchases

Finger Lakes Gifts and Lounge: 10% off food and beverages

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

Geneva Tailor: 15% off any alterations

Joe’s Hots: 10% off orders

Lake City Hobby: 10% off purchases over $25

Main Moon: Free soda with each lunch special

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

Microclimate: Free Beverage with purchase of flight

Parker’s: Free soft drink with any meal purchase

Pure Grille & Curry: 15% off total bill, up to $25

Stomping Grounds: 10% off storewide

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

December CASH MOB = Closet-to-Closet on Saturday, Dec. 21st

The Christmas consumption pressure is in full swing. Need to be frugal? Would you rather buy something slightly used instead of something made overseas from cheap plastic? Want to support a local business instead of big box store? Well, we have a Holiday CASH MOB just for you! The December CASH MOB will be held this Saturday at CLOSET-TO-CLOSET, Geneva’s quality consignment shop featuring clothes, furniture, accessories and a whole lot more!

Where: Closet-Closet, 29 E. North Street

When: Saturday, December 21st;  11 am – 1 pm

So come on out this Saturday for some last minute gift shopping. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the wide range of gift possibilities available. You’ll be shopping local while also shopping green (reuse-recycle!). It’s a win-win situation!

What is a CASH MOB? When a group of people assemble at a local business and buy items to support that business and the overall community.

Things to be thankful for…

It’s Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on the bounty of one’s blessings. For LOVE GENEVA, the blessings have been bountiful indeed. What started as a small idea has blossomed into something like a movement. And there are bigger things on the horizon in 2014. But for now, here are three things we are thankful for:

Genevans. Yes, the lake is very pretty. VERY pretty. But what we love about Geneva most of all are the people that call it home. There are multiple communities within this city, reflecting a diversity that is rich and enriching. We’ve got our problems, but we’ve also got a depth of spirit that is astounding. Above all else, this city is real because the people who live here are real.

Locally-owned businesses. Just as Geneva’s former economic success was built upon locally-owned businesses, so too will its future growth. In the past ten years, Geneva’s renaissance has been astounding to witness. It seemed slow to pick up steam, but boy is it going now! What has been driving that growth are locally-owned businesses and the locals who support them. So as you start gearing up for your holiday shopping, remember to start and end with locally-owned businesses in Geneva. Pretty much everything you need can be found right here — and without the added expenses of shipping fees.

– Local artists. This community has some impressive creative talent. Just wander around town during a Geneva Night Out, or drop into one of the regular Speakeasy Society’s gatherings, or pop over to Beef & Brew to hear whoever is playing piano, or check out the fine work being performed by the Geneva Theater Guild, or visit the Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union’s lobby for their regular local artist, or stomp into Stomping Grounds for their weekly photo contest, or simply check out the amazing music/art/poetry/drama that is being produced within the Geneva school system. Geneva has long had a rich tradition of creative cultural production and it is going strong today. There are so many groups and individuals involved in Geneva’s cultural life, it is hard to single anyone out. BUT, it is definitely worth your time to check out the new fundraising campaign for the UG Collective. They are doing so much for the community, especially in terms of youth programs, that your support is deeply appreciated.

LOVE GENEVA has always believed that sustainable development for all sectors of Geneva requires the combination of these three elements: locally-owned businesses, local artists, and engaged Genevans. We can feel it happening, and we’re grateful to be part of such a wonderful community.

November Cash Mob at PEDULLA’S

This month’s LOVE GENEVA cash mob will be held at Pedulla’s Liquor Store this Saturday Nov.16th  from 11 am – 1 pm.

Located in the Plaza on Hamilton Street, Pedulla’s Liquor Store has been locally-owned and operated for over fifty years (some may remember when it was located downtown on Seneca Street!). With the holidays coming fast upon us, this is a fine opportunity to stock up on your party supplies, or pick up a nice bottle of Finger Lakes wine as a gift for a host, friend of family member. With a wide selection of regionally-made wines and spirits, Pedulla’s is an excellent place to spread some local love. So come on down this Saturday to spend a few dollars — dollars that will circulate in the local economy and help Geneva continue to grow!

Where: PEDULLA’S LIQUOR STORE

When: Saturday, November 16th;  11 am – 1 pm

What is a CASH MOB? When a group of people assemble at a local business and buy items to support that business and the overall community.

Cash Mob at Super Casuals!

We are excited to announce the return of the LOVE GENEVA cash mob. The cash mob for October will be held at SUPER CASUALS this Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm.

Located at 52 Seneca Street, SUPER CASUALS has been a downtown anchor for decades. One of the last places in downtown to buy clothing, SUPER CASUALS carries a wide range of work clothes, shoes (include Geneva-made VERE SANDALS), and winter apparel. So come down to get anything from a new winter jacket to some wool socks. Just come on down and help spread some love!

Where: SUPER CASUALS; 52 Seneca Street

When: Saturday, October 12 th;  11 am – 1 pm

What is a CASH MOB? When a group of people assemble at a local business and buy items to support that business and the overall community.