Saturday, December 28, 2013

LL Membership Ranks Grow to 61

with the addition of the following new members.

Bentley's Bistro- East Longmeadow, MA
Spa on the Green/ Dr. Glen Brooks- Longmeadow, MA
Touch of Garlic- Springfield, MA

Welcome to these new businesses!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Another business joins Living Local

increasing our membership ranks to 58!

Northstar Disposal
Northstar Disposal is the premier rubbish hauling company in the Greater Springfield Area. We have earned our strong reputation through exceptional service, absolute reliability, and fair pricing.  Northstar provides service to customers ranging from large contractors to households looking to do a spring cleaning.

Welcome to our organization!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Late Breaking News.... Living Local increases membership to 57

With the addition of Mama Mia Pizzeria, Family Bike, La Cucina Express & 3 Cafe and Dave's Soda and Pet City, the membership ranks of Living Local have increased to 57.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Our Next Membership Meeting

Our next General Membership Meeting (+ Visitors) will be held as follows:

    Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
    Time: 8 - 9 am (networking starts at 7:45 am)
    Location: Rinaldi's Italian Specialities, 408 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA
    (Membership meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of every month.)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Countdown to the "It's in the bag!" Event

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Each Living Local business member (currently 54 members) has added a special offer, discount & more to these bags.  Without exaggeration the combined offers, discounts and gifts are worth hundreds of dollars toward the purchase of local goods and services- far more than the $5 price tag.

Bags are on sale starting this Saturday, November 9 at designated locations... don't wait until the last minutes because the supply of bags is limited.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Food Bank of Western MA.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Membership continues to grow!

Four more local businesses have joined the Living Local organization:
Co-op Printing, East Longmeadow

Shear Integrity, East Longmeadow

Safe Harbors

Being Well Natural Health


 Our business membership has now increased to 51.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Living Local.... It's in the bag!

Hi All,

Well we are certainly off to a running start!

Now we need all of you who are not members yet to PLEASE join! All members need to actively promote NEW membership.  Additional LL brochures are available in my office at Kiddly Winks so please stop by if you more.

Meetings are now the third Wednesday of every month. So our next meeting is October 16 at 8 am at Rinaldi's.  For those members looking to network, come 15 minutes early or stay 15 minutes after the meeting is over.

Our Big Fall Event is on November 16th.
"Living Local....It's in the Bag"
Here are the details about this upcoming event.  If you have questions please email me at I will be happy to help!

We need participation from EVERY MEMBER to make this a success. This is also an opportunity for all of us to get creative!  Just think- 500 people will be viewing our businesses-customers new and old. Our Logo will be seen everywhere! We are also creating posters for you to hang up in your businesses to get people excited. The posters will also be in my office for pick up by this Friday and will be available at the next meeting. Nancy and I will also be on Mass Appeal promoting this event. We will also advertise in the Reminder.

Your promotional material can be anything you want: an event, gift with purchase, discount, trunk show, trial offer, or any thing compelling to bring customers to your door. You can give it any time period you choose but please start date it the day or week of the event.

We are very excited about doing this together and hope you will all jump in!

See you at the next meeting on Wednesday, October 16.

My best,

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Another local business joins the Living Local organization

The Cruise Store of East Longmeadow is the latest local business to join the Living Local organization increasing our membership ranks to 43.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Businesses are Joining!

Four more local businesses have joined the Living Local organization:
Grapevine Pizzeria and Restaurant
Luminous Glow
413 Wood Pellets


Our business membership has now increased to 42.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Redstone Creamery Thanks the Community

The following letter to the editor written by Mary Flahive Dickson of Redstone Creamery appeared in this week's Reminder (week of September 12) ...

Thank you for supporting Redstone Creamery during its first year.

What a great year it has been, what a great time we have had getting to know our neighbors, becoming so involved in our community and making new friends.

Thank each of you for supporting our dream of establishing and cultivating a great local business in East Longmeadow.

Our thought in opening Redstone was to create an atmosphere where people are able to come in to an atmosphere as though they were walking into our home; where they are greeted by name. The environment is fun for children, relaxed for business meetings and cozy for friends to grab a coffee and snack and unwind. With story hours for children, specialized classes, book readings and local talent nights, it is our dream to have Redstone be the place for everyone.

Being a big supporter of local businesses, we knew Redstone is what East Longmeadow needed. A local coffee/ice cream shop owned and run by a member of our community. There are so many well-known, locally owned businesses in East Longmeadow and we are fortunate to be a part of that group.

Our town is one that embraces our neighbors and our neighbors’ businesses; you know when you open the door of the business, you are going to see the owner and that’s what makes East Longmeadow unique. So many surrounding towns are walking towns; however, stop and take a look at the businesses; most all, are corporate/ franchise businesses.

Ask yourself, “What is your dollar supporting when you purchase a product from that store?” Yes, there are other coffee shops and ice cream/frozen yogurt stores in our area; however, most are not locally or independently owned, and therefore your dollar is not staying local. For the most part, they have no commitment to East Longmeadow and certainly not to the folks that live here.

“What is your dollar supporting when you purchase ice cream, coffee, baked goods or any other locally made products at Redstone?” For every dollar spent at an independently owned, local store or restaurant .70 cents returns to the community (fire, police, school) through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.

However, for those stores and restaurants that are not local or independent, only 40 cents of every dollar stays local. Do you want your dollar to stay local?

In addition, you are helping to secure the future of the local farmers, bakers and coffee roasters; Pierce Brothers Coffee, Esselon Coffee, Simona’s Gluten Free baked goods from Haydenville, Smyth’s Trinity Dairy Farm, and our ice cream is from Blake’s Farm in New Hampshire.

Redstone was created to bring the community together over a cup of coffee or an ice cream. As a parent of children, I also wanted it to be a safe place for the kids in town to come in and hang out, as well as a place where local artisans can display their wares. This is what we continue to strive for.

From selling bracelets, which support Pat Bean’s Whispering Horse Therapeutic Riding Center to selling hand painted glassware by Pat Barker, the circle of local support at Redstone is endless.

Once again ask yourself, do you want to live locally or do you want this to be a community of outsiders, franchises and corporate chains? Are you willing to walk the walk?

If you haven’t visited Redstone, I encourage you to do so. If you are already a patron, thank you and I look forward to seeing you again!

Mary Flahive Dickson/ Redstone Creamery

Living Local on WWLP-22/ Mass Appeal

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Living Local is now 40 members strong!

Well... here comes Fall! And we are excited to announce that we are 40 MEMBERS STRONG, as of today and still growing! For those of you who have not joined, now is the time to jump in!

We will have the decals early next week for all of our members to proudly display. Every paid member will get one free and can purchase more for $5.00 each. Decals will be available at Kiddly Winks and our steering committee will try to get them out to all of you as soon as we can. Members can also use the logo on stationary and advertising.

On Wednesday, September 11th, Nancy Shepard Holloway and I will be on Mass Appeal on Channel 22, introducing our organization to their viewers! We are excited and honored to speak about our organization and about the lifestyle of " LIVING LOCAL" on TV for the first time. Tune in if you can! We don't know exactly what time we are on.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 18th at 8:00 AM at Rinaldi's.

We are working on our BIG November Event and need your participation, so please attend to help with the plans.  A special thank you to Christina and staff at Rinaldi's for hosting a second meeting.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Living Local Brochure

Below are images of our new tri-fold brochure.  See link at bottom to print out your own copy.

Click image above to enlarge

 Here is a link to print out a copy of the brochure.

New Living Local Logo

The Living Local organization is proud to present its new logo.

Living Local can exist in big cities, to any-town U.S.A. It’s everywhere. It embodies community and the support from everyone it touches in order for it to have a sustainable future.

Logo Colors were chosen to evoke emotion and to stimulate a pro-active attitude towards supporting our local businesses and professionals. The tree represents our beloved New England, ever growing, and strong. The leaves symbolize the vibrant diversity in our communities for many generations to come.

The Logo Font was selected to stand proud along with our ‘American Elm Tree’ graphic. It’s strong, bold, and clean.

Look for this new logo where you EAT. SHOP. LIVE so you can be sure that you are supporting local independent small businesses.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Our Membership is Growing!

New business members of Living Local include:

Fitness by Gail
Christopher K. Mahoney Law Offices, LLC
Armata's Market
Alexander's Catering

There are now 30 businesses that have joined our Living Local organization.  If you are interested, please consider attending our next membership meeting on August 26.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Another small business owner joins Living Local

Cliff Feen of Esscentials, 811 Williams Street, Longmeadow, MA joined the membership ranks of Living Local earlier today.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Membership is increasing...

Membership of the Living Local organization
is growing quickly.

As of today we have 24 members representing many different types of businesses including restaurants, specialty retailers, a local supermarket chain, local media and numerous service providers. 

Check out the complete list to see who is participating.

 Don't be left out!  Join today!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Upcoming Living Local Meeting

75 people and businesses have expressed an interest so far in joining our organization either through attendance at a meeting or by a personal contact. Although you are not all members yet, it is exciting to see how many people are interested in this grassroots organization without even beginning a membership drive!

Hopefully, you will all join soon and we would love to see you at our next meeting.

Our next General Membership meeting is planned for July 8th at 8 am at Max Burger in Longmeadow (get directions).

We would appreciate it if you could RSVP (--> by Friday, July 5th so that Tim, Laura and their wonderful staff at Max Burger can be ready for us.

For those of you who are reading this information for the first time, I would like to share with you that there have been quite a few generous businesses that have helped get us started.  The Reminder has advertised these meetings for free and has given us our header free of charge for our first Living Local Sidewalk Sale.

This is the fourth meeting that Max Burger has opened early and had a full set up for us. Big Y, Armata's and Shoenique have generously provided food for these meetings and our new Steering Committee has given a great deal of time to get things rolling.  We need your participation and your support so we hope to see you there!

PLEASE bring another business colleague with you that owns a local independent business to this meeting and bring business cards to share with other members.