The Independent We Stand team is taking off on our Main Streets Make Us Better road trip, starting on Monday June 29 through Friday July 3. Along the way, we will visit five cities in five states in five days and try to eat, stay, play and shop local the entire day. At the same time, we will interview business owners and community advocates to raise awareness of the importance and strong economic impacts that America’s main streets – and the small businesses you’ll find on them – have on local communities and local economies.
In previous road trips, we’ve met business owners and buy local advocates from Reno to New Orleans, and everywhere in between. We’ve discovered local gems like Darwell’s Café in Long Beach, Mississippi, and Ben’s Chili Bowl in Arlington, Virginia. This year, we’ll be using the Independent We Stand mobile app to find new spots to explore and new places to stay.
In true Independent We Stand fashion, we’ll be keeping it all local, all the time, proving that it is possible to travel like a local. We’ll be skipping the national chains and finding locals-only fun — and we’ll tell you all about it, so you can get the local experience, too!
Find out what cities we’re headed to and where we’ve stopped along the way by following the Independent We Stand team on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll also be celebrating throughout the trip with all kinds of contests and prizes. Stay tuned for a Main Street Selfie contest on Twitter and a trivia contest on Facebook — you could win anything from a free t-shirt to a $250 buy-local gift card!
Independent We Stand would like to thank the National Main Street Center for their support, as well as the North American Retail Hardware Association and Hardware Retailing Magazine for joining us on the road trip. See you on the road!