Small Business Saturday – Like exercise and not reading Facebook comments – we all know shopping locally makes sense. Advocate organization Local First Utah puts it this way: Imagine this: if we all shift just 10% of our spending to local businesses, on a yearly basis, $1.3 billion will stay in our Utah economy! That number may seem astronomical, but it’s within our reach..
Of course, we all need a little reminder once in a while and with the upcoming SBS and Local First Utah’s Shift Your Spending Week – the coming days are a perfect moment to thoughtfully consider how you’re spending your hard earned dollars.
With that in mind, one of our local partners – Even Stevens Sandwiches – have a couple of intriguing initiatives. First up on November 28th, all locations of Even Stevens will be making double donations all day long. That means every dollar you spend with this local company will go twice as far in supporting their charitable efforts. All 16 current non-profit partners will benefit including the recently added St. George partners. Director of community engagement Sara Day explained, “One example of the usage is the Utah Aids Foundation will be using the extra funds to purchase hams for their clients during the holiday season.”
Secondly and still somewhat fluid at the time of press is a business crawl with several other fun local brands on the day itself. Customers will receive a punch card and crawl (figuratively people!) to each participating business. Once their card is filled out, they will be entered to win a decidedly excellent raffle basket. Vive Juicery is confirmed so far with more partners to be announced soon. Stay tuned to Even Stevens Facebook page for more updates. Shift Your Spending Week will launch on Black Friday, November 27th and will run through December 5th.
Bambara * – Bambara is also taking an equally tasty approach to fundraising this holiday season – donating $1 to the Utah AIDS Foundation for any dish with bacon – now through November 30th.
“We are serving some truly ‘guilt-free’ bacon at Bambara all month,” general manager Nicole Willis said. “Utah AIDS Foundation does such important, life-saving work here, and we’re proud to support and recognize their efforts.”
The Utah AIDS Foundation has grown from a few volunteers and a crisis hotline to nearly 400 highly trained volunteers, who together reach more than 30,000 Utahns a year through presentations focused on awareness, education and prevention, plus transportation-assistance programs, holiday meal baskets, outreach at bars and clubs, and the delivery of hot meals to sick clients.
High West Distillery – Finally, in addition to the fundraising opportunities, one further item to keep your spirit all aglow – rye whiskey.
High West Distillery recently announced the return of their popular seasonal spirit, A Midwinter Night’s Dram: awarded a near-perfect 98 rating from Wine Enthusiast. “Whiskey is an indispensable part of making it through a long, cold winter,” according to High West proprietor Dave Perkins. “In ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ Lysander describes how quickly true love can vanish. We feel the same about a dram of our Midwinter Night’s Dram. But rest assured, if you savor it slowly, we can attest that A Midwinter Night’s Dram® will help you through the coldest night. The rye forms a beautiful vanilla, caramel and cinnamon base, the port barrels add plums and dried fruits, and the French Oak adds a spice accent, it tastes like a proper Christmas plum pudding with lovely mulling spices, dried fruits and crème Anglaise. We knew this was just perfect in the middle of a long cold winter.”
A Midwinter Night’s Dram is a limited release of High West’ Rendezvous Rye finished in port and French oak barrels, providing festive flavors of the season making it a perfect gift for Thanksgiving and the holidays. The limited release is available in liquor stores now at $79.99.
* Gastronomic SLC is a proud local partner of Even Stevens Sandwiches and Bambara.
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.
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