Last chance to get your 2014 Go Local Card and enjoy perks at each of the participating businesses through December 31, 2013. Please note that the 2015 card will be available Dec. 1, 2014.The online directory can be found using the sidebar or navigation menus at the top.
This year we are sending each purchaser a Mountain Xpress Guide with each card purchased. The guide gives details on each business, their Go Local offer, and location.
The money collected is designated as follows:
- $5 to the Asheville Grown Business Alliance
- $5 to Asheville City Public Schools
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The card can also be purchased at Hip Replacements Clothing at 72 N. Lexington Ave. downtown Asheville. Offers are good for the entire year of 2014 and are not to be combined with other discounts and do not include alcohol at bars or restaurants.
A little more about the Love Asheville – Go Local Card
“In 2012, AGBA and ACSF united to highlight the importance of a thriving local economy to a strong, healthy community. The Asheville Grown Business Alliance had been asked to do a loyalty card, but they wanted it to be more than just a card people could use to receive discounts for buying local. They wanted to do something meaningful,” says Leah Ferguson former Co-Director of the Asheville City Schools Foundation. The Go Local Card, which supports the mission of success for all Asheville City Schools students by funding teacher-led professional development grants, artists in residence, after-school enrichment, and scholarships to graduating seniors, is just that opportunity.
Beginning the month of November 2013, the 2014 Go Local Card will be available for purchase exclusively through Asheville City Public Schools, online at www.acsf.org and www.ashevillegrown.com and via each of our participating businesses. The partner businesses listed above each sponsor a school of their choice, partnering with the school’s PTO and creating a direct relationship that will foster a healthy local economy far into the future.
The success of this movement is evident as more partners jump on board. This year the Asheville Chamber of Commerce will sell the card in their Visitor’s Center stirring up local loyalty among the thousands of people who pass through their doors. The Mountain Xpress is our cherished media partner and organizes 45,000 copies of the official directory of participating businesses for distribution December 11th, 2013. Each participating business has a free listing. Mountain Xpress will also offer discounts for businesses wanting to sign on for advertising in the Go Local Directory.
Franzi Charen of Asheville Grown notes, “This card unites the children in our community with our local businesses in a way that benefits everyone. The messages of multi-national corporations are gaining a stronger foothold in our schools and as a leader in the local movement; we want Asheville to be a beacon highlighting a better way.”
Business Owner and Go Local participant Greg Garrison from The Hop Ice Cream Cafe: “Ashley and I love the small business movement and that we live in a place where it can exist. We at are always happy to support Asheville Grown and all that they do for the unchained independent businesses in town. We have several customers that visit us with the card weekly. We purchase them for our employees every year. And on top of everything else, knowing that each purchase of a Go Local Card is benefiting the Asheville City Schools Foundation makes it an even more worthwhile contribution.”