Amazon and Walmart have everything except deep roots in our neighborhoods and personal bonds between customers and clerks, a commodity more valuable than ever. In honor of that bond between businesses and communities, Providence Monthly is excited to be sponsoring Indie Week from July 1-7.
Like a week of “Small Business Saturday,” Indie Week is being organized by RI Foundation, Buy Local RI and J Marcel. All week long, participating shops and restaurants – including Ogie’s Trailer Park, Bottles, White Buffalo, J Marcel, Flaunt and Shoppe Pioneer, just to name a few – will be offering promotions as a way of saying thank you to customers while also encouraging their neighbors to break away from big national chains and get back into the local, mom-and-pop shops in their own backyard. What better way to celebrate our national independence than by casting off the shackles of big box oppression (though please, don’t go full Gaspee and start burning down Best Buys.) Discounts will vary from shop to shop, but 10-20% off purchases or a free appetizer are among some of the more common promotions shoppers can expect to find throughout the week.
“Shop local” is increasingly becoming less of a suggestion as it is an ethos, with some people taking the “Indie Challenge” to shop only locally for the whole week. The theory that there’s always a bigger fish – or a more “convenient” one – has been the curse of small, independent businesses since the dawn of big box stores, but the pendulum might just be swinging back in favor of the little guys. For a full list of participating businesses and more details, visit BuyLocalRI.org.