I think my friend Bob first made me aware of the 3/50 Project, designed to teach people the importance of local independent businesses — or, more specifically, the importance of regularly supporting local independent businesses.
One of the statistics is that if half the employed population spent $50 a month at locally owned independent businesses, it would raise more than $42 billion in revenue.
So here’s the rub: Everyone is trying to cut back, but small businesses need customers to stay in business. So the project’s founder came up with the idea of asking people: When you can, try to funnel $50 a month specifically to locally owned businesses, instead of chains.
Two “nots”: The project is not asking you to swear off all national retailers; it’s about trying to support the little guy when possible. And the “3” does not mean spend $50 each at three different places — it’s about each and every month supporting the three places you’d hate to see go out of business.
I’ve included the logos and quick reasons for why I picked my three selections above: Click on each image to go to the company’s website.
I had trouble picking a restaurant: Most of my go-tos are either big-enough locally owned chains, such as Oregano’s, or places that my waist wouldn’t let me eat at too often — I’m looking at you, Via de los Santos and your three-way burro with fundido sauce. Heck, even the bar I end up most also has locations in Denver and Vegas — I think that makes it a mini-chain, too.
Sure, Bookman’s has other Arizona locations, but I think it’s local enough to count. And I worry about independent bookstores. (Plus, they just started this cool blog that shows the things that people left behind when they traded in their books.)
What would your three be?