Over 360 locally owned businesses which are participating in the 2013 Go Local Card Directory can be found using the sidebar or navigation menus at the top.
The Go Local Card & directory, published by the Mountain Xpress, are available at various locations including Malaprop’s Bookstore, Hip Replacements, Orbit DVD, The Fine Arts Theatre, Blackbird Frame and Art, and Second Gear. Offers are good for the entire year of 2013 and are not to be combined with other discounts.
Get your 2013 Go Local Card for only $16 online! The money collected is designated as follows:
- $5 to the Asheville City Schools Foundation
- $5 is designated for the school of your choice (select below)
- $5 covers card expenses and supports Asheville Grown
- $1 is for shipping and processing
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.
During the month of November, the 2013 Go Local Card will be available for purchase exclusively through Asheville City Schools and online at www.acsf.org and www.ashevillegrown.com. The cost is $15 ($16 online) with ten dollars from every card sale going to Asheville City Schools Foundation and Asheville City Schools. The remaining $5 covers the cost of producing the card and the efforts of Asheville Grown in our community. Beginning December 1, the cards can be purchased on the aforementioned partner websites, Hip Replacements Clothing, Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe, Orbit DVD and Blackbird Frame and Art as well as other participating businesses.
The success of this movement is evident as more partners jump on board. This year the Mountain Express will be our Go Local media partner. They have agreed to produce 40,000 copies of a directory of participating businesses for distribution in early December. Each participating business will have a free listing. Mountain Express 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: “Ashley and I love the small business movement and that we live in a place where it can exist. We are more than happy to support Asheville Grown and our public schools by being a part of the card. We see several cards a week and are excited about the potential of it bringing more business as the movement grows.”