Were you able to take advantage of the Winter Indoor Markets sponsored by Be Local Northern Colorado? Twelve chilly Saturdays played host to indoor markets this season with an average attendance of 1,600 per event! Since then the organization has undergone some changes.
Gailmarie Kimmel, co-founder and co-director of Be Local recently retired from the organization. Gailmarie was a fixture at the indoor markets, the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair and around town promoting the popular Coupon Book. We know Gailmarie will stick around the community, finding other passionate topics to fill her days. We wish her the very best!
Speaking of the Coupon Book, this year, the organization is going digital and posting the coupons online. We'll all miss the sweet packaging, the clever stories and inspirational messages tucked in each page; but on the other hand, we get some new, exciting benefits:
1) It's paperless—easier on the environment and our bike baskets!
2) The members will still offer coupons, discounts and special offerings—just look for them on the Be Local website and watch, the retailers will switch them up with the seasons.
3) You can create a "favorites" folder on the website and have the newest coupon/offer of your favorite businesses at your fingertips!
Be Local will begin producing its new Uniquely Fort Collins Pocket Maps this summer. Folded into a neat little square, the new pocket maps will guide you around the community and help you find new and old favorite businesses. The first pocket map will focus on the CSU campus area and will be available in a variety of businesses. You'll see these pop up around August 15. They'll also be available at the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair, September 17 & 18 In the future, Be Local will produce pocket maps that feature different themes (i.e., arts/culture, health/wellness) or specific locations, like Downtown.
Are you a local, unique business in Fort Collins? Check out their website to learn more about the organization and what it means to be a member.www.belocalnc.org.