Next Cash Mob — STOMPING GROUNDS

We’ve scheduled the last CASH MOB of the year:

  • LOCATION: Stomping Grounds, 492 Exchange Street
  • DATE: Saturday, December 15th
  • TIME: 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.

In the past few years, Stomping Grounds Arts::Books::Gifts has become an anchor store in downtown Geneva. They offer a wide range of books (vintage and rare, as well as new by regional writers), locally-made gifts, contemporary art by local photographers and painters, and cool graphic reproduced from antique sources. The owners, Bethany and James Haswell, have also become important supporters of Geneva businesses. When we first started the LOVE GENEVA movement, the Haswells were quick to lend their support and enthusiasm. So we want to give a little back to them. Plus, this is one of those times when you can amplify the local impact of your purchasing power by shopping in a local store that buys directly from local artists and businesses. So come on down to Stomping Grounds on Saturday, Dec. 15th, get some holiday shopping done, and spread some Geneva Love!

next cash mob? Downtown Geneva Holiday Open House!

The cash mobs continue to be a great success. But for the next one, we want to do something a little bit different. Instead of hitting one locally-owned business for a two hour period, how about we hit a whole bunch of them across a two day period and add in a twist of holiday cheer? Why, that sounds like the Downtown Geneva Open House event being held on Nov. 30-Dec 1!

Come out and support locally-owned downtown merchants, get some holiday shopping done, and enjoy the various holiday-themed activities (horse-drawn wagon rides!).

Also, LOVE GENEVA t-shirts and tote bags are now available at Finger Lakes Gift & Lounge and Stomping Grounds! Go check ’em out!

Coming in 2013 — Geneva Night Out!!!

One of the primary goals of LOVE GENEVA is to promote sustainable development in Geneva by championing locally-owned businesses and local artists. The well-being of Geneva is not to be found in the arrival of more big box stores, but in the growth of local merchants, artists, and entrepreneurs. To help achieve that, for the past few months we’ve been working with others in the community to develop GENEVA NIGHT OUT!

Debuting on February 1, 2013, and held on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 pm, GENEVA NIGHT OUT  will be a free monthly arts and cultural event in downtown Geneva. Art openings, exhibits and showcases hosted by local businesses and galleries will allow citizens and visitors to explore the creative energy and dynamic range of local art in all its forms. Free self-guided maps will direct attendees to Geneva Night Out locations, spotlighting the various restaurants, boutiques, and businesses in our eclectic, walkable and vibrant downtown. Reflecting the guiding spirit of LOVE GENEVA, GENEVA NIGHT OUT will be bringing together multiple organizations from across Geneva, showcasing the extraordinary depth of creativity that our city has to offer.

As we’ve been working to put this together, the response from the local business and arts community so far has been incredible. If you are a downtown business that would like to participate, contact us! If you are a poet, painter, musician, photographer, dancer, or craftsperson, contact us! We’re looking for artists of all stripes.  Visit the ‘Participate’ page on the Geneva Night Out website to sign up.

AREA RECORDS is our next Cash Mob!

Our next CASH MOB has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17th!

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.

We’re REALLY excited about having a cash mob at AREA RECORDS & MUSIC. One of the things that makes Geneva unique is that we have a locally-owned independent record and music store. Do you have any idea how rare those are these days?! Mike and his staff are fantastic. And if they don’t have what you are looking for in stock, they can place a special order that will get it there quicker than Amazon.com, and without the extra shipping fees. So come join us on Saturday and spend a little time and cash at AREA RECORDS. Get your niece the latest RA RA RIOT album, your nephew the latest GYM CLASS HEROES release, your mom a SCOTT LEFARO jazz CD, and your uncle a BLUE OYSTER CULT album — all musicians with direct Geneva connections, by the way! Or check out the wide array of musical equipment there — start your holiday shopping!! AREA RECORDS are great Geneva boosters and we’re lucky to have an independent music store in this town, so come on out and share some Geneva love!

Another great cash mob experience!

Thanks to everyone who made today’s CASH MOB at the Finger Lakes Gift & Lounge another great success. Dave from the Finger Lakes Gift and Lounge wrote:

“Wow!!  The Cash Mob was a big success! We met lots of new people, some of who will turn into regular customers.  The sales we made were great, but the long term positive impact for the FLounge is even more important. Thanks for organizing this series of highly successful Cash Mob  events”

So once again THANK YOU! What great energy we’ve got going. We’ll have another CASH MOB in two weeks time, plus we’ve got a few more things brewing. So stay tuned and keep spreadin’ the love!

Next Cash Mob — FINGER LAKES GIFT AND LOUNGE (aka THE FLOUNGE)

We’ve scheduled another CASH MOB:

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.

The Finger Lakes Gift & Lounge (aka The Flounge) is one of downtown Geneva’s newest businesses and is firmly rooted in the local and the region, offering a wide selection of handcrafted items from regional artisans, locally-made juices, regionally-roasted coffee, and regional craft beers and wines. This is one of those times when you can amplify the local imapct of your purchasing power by shopping in a local store that buys directly from local artists and businesses. So come on down to the Flounge on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, and spread some Geneva Love!

and the winner is…

 

We had a wonderful array of submissions for the t-shirt contest, but there was only one that almost all the judges agreed upon: a modified version of the current “Love Geneva” logo with a big red heart and the tag line “It’ll Love You Back!”  These shirts (and tote bags) are currently in production and should be available in a few short weeks!

Thanks again to all who submitted their designs — and congratulations to the winner who is insisting s/he remain anonymous! (we reserve the right to bring out some of the other great submissions in the future!)

Why shop local?

This information is there on the left under the “Buying Local” link, but we thought it might be useful to re-post some info here on the main page.

Perhaps the best reason to buy local is captured in this pie graph:

Simple fact: when you shop at locally-owned stores, far more of your money stays in Geneva. Moreover, most studies have found that when you shop at locally-owned businesses, your money is recirculated over and over and creates up to 75% more tax revenue to your community and state. (Yeah, re-read that sentence again and think about the implications for Geneva)
Still need more convincing? Here are nine other reasons to shop at locally-owned stores in Geneva:
  1. Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
  2. Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Geneva. Our tourism businesses also benefit.  “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust
  3. Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
  4. Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, providing the most jobs to residents.
  5. Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers. Just contrast shopping at Churchs Hardware to shopping at Lowes!
  6. Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.
  7. Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community. You can see this is true in Geneva just by looking around.
  8. Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.  A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
  9. Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.  (from Sustainable Connections)

Another successful cash mob!

We’ve chalked up yet another successful cash mob! Mother Earth Natural Foods expresses their gratitude to all who participated. As they write, “We did indeed benefit from increased business and new customers visiting us and seeing what Mother Earth was all about.  It was a great experience over all!!!!” (this, despite one of their freezers malfunctioning!). So thanks to all who turned out to spread the love!

The cash mob seems to be sustaining its strength quite well, so we’ve got another one scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd. The site will be announced soon!!

Also, thanks to all who participated in the t-shirt competition. The judges have made their decision and we’ll be unveiling the t-shirts and tote bags in a few weeks. We’ll post the winning image soon!

We’ve got several other things cooking in the LOVE GENEVA kitchen, so be sure to check back regularly!  xoxo

Next Cash Mob – MOTHER EARTH NATURAL FOODS

We’ve had great success with the CASH MOBS, so let keep it up! The last site, Whisper Chocolate, was a newcomer to Geneva, so let’s go with an establishment that has been here for over 33 years: MOTHER EARTH!

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.

Mother Earth opened in Geneva in 1979 and provides the community with quality natural foods (including local milk and yogurt), vitamins and minerals, eco-friendly products, and a huge array of bulk items. So come on down and pick up a few items or a grocery cart’s worth of stuff! Meet other Love Genevans! If a hundred people show up during the cash mob and spend $5 each, that will bring in $500 in just two hours! Believe us, the staff at Mother Earth will be extremely grateful for your patronage and support. Help spread the word — and we’ll see you there!