Shop Local LogoWe want to keep our local small businesses open and in business. We all recognize that we need to make a change in our habits, including transportation, driving and more, but how about making it a point to shop local to keep our local, small businesses open?
Osprey Observer staff, advertisers and local small businesses have been meeting and developing a Shop Local campaign which will encourage residents to consider shopping at a local, small business first to show support in the community.
Each edition, residents can enter the contest by answering the trivia questions correctly. In addition, any readers can shop small businesses starting in October and enter to win prizes each month, recognizing their contribution to the economy.
For every entry— residents will be entered to win the grand prize and runner-up prizes. The grand prize is a one-night stay in a tropical suite at the Tradewinds Resort valued at $400, with a runner-up prize of a night’s stay at Palmer House Bed & Breakfast or Cross Creek Ranch.
“We are a local business, and we want to support our local businesses,” said Michelle Colesanti, Osprey Observer office manager. “We are developing a campaign that starts right in our own offices and with our own spending, and we hope to continue this trend throughout the community.”
AfterImage Salon owner Donna Froncillo wants to get involved in the shop local campaign and says she would like to see, “one coupon for 15 percent off and get a list of merchants that are willing to participate or merchants who will agree to make donations to a green foundation for every customer that brings the coupon in.” She suggests making the coupons available online or through email.
Subscribers to the weekly community update newsletter at will also begin receiving a link to community specials or community coupons as an added feature of the Shop Local campaign.
To get involved in the campaign, email Marie Gilmore at or call 657-2418.

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Marie is the Managing Editor at the Osprey Observer. She covers news, transportation, education and likes to make a positive impact on the community and be 'in the know'!