It is that time of year again! Get your 2014 Go Local Card and enjoy perks at each of the participating businesses starting December 1, 2013. The online directory will be updated with 2014 participating businesses on Dec. 1, 2013 and can be found using the sidebar or navigation menus at the top. The printed directory, published by the Mountain Xpress, will be included in the December 11, 2013 edition of the paper and available at Mountain Xpress kiosks and businesses where you can purchase the card after that date.
This year we are sending each purchaser a Mountain X-Press Guide with each card purchased! The guide gives details on each business, their Go Local offer, and location. The guide can also be found a participating kiosks where the Mountain X-Press paper is available. Because the guide only comes out in December all cards purchased online will be delivered after December 11th. If you would like to purchase your card to begin using by December 1st, please visit one of our many retailers selling cards, or your neighborhood city school, all listed below for your convenience.
The money collected is designated as follows:
- $5 to the Asheville City Schools Foundation
- $5 to the Asheville Grown Business Alliance
- $5 to the Public School of your choice
The card can also be purchased, starting mid November at authorized Go Local Card Sellers:Malaprop’s Bookstore Hip Replacements The Fine Arts Theatre French Broad Chocolate Lounge West End Bakery The Hop Ice Cream Cafe & The Hop West Second Gear (downtown & West) Rosebud Video Homegrown BattleCat Coffee Bar Short Street Cakes Katuah Market Asheville Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center Planet Art Relax & Rejuvenate Blackbird Frame & Art
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.”