This year’s Locavore~Buy Local – Bucks County Business Community Event proved to be a success in bringing businesses together to raise awareness of the importance of independently owned businesses and their impact on the local economy. The event, which is hosted by Superior Woodcraft and the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance (DBCA), brought in over 400 people including town residents and local vendors and producers. Patrick Kennedy of Superior Woodcraft noted, “Local businesses play vital roles in our communities. In order to have a healthy and vibrant community it is essential that our local economy is strong and that our local independent businesses flourish”.
Organizers noted their impressments with how local producers showcased at the event, providing perfect examples of how local businesses are being innovative and working together to achieve greater success in building their own businesses. Laurie’s Chocolates utilized wines from Buckingham Valley Vineyard, Rose Bank Winery and Wycombe Vineyard to craft local candy. Additionally, Laurie created other recipes with ingredients such as beer from Doylestown Brewing Company and coffee from Homestead Coffee Roasters. Other companies including OB Sauce and Eat This Yum donated a portion of their sales to local community organizations, such as Buck Up Bucks County (an initiative of The Intelligencer) and one of the local fire departments. These companies are demonstrating how local businesses can work together to benefit each other and contribute to the community. Kennedy says, “The local producers showcased at the buy local event epitomize the value and importance of local businesses all across America.”
Independent We Stand was represented at the event by Mike Hopstetter of STIHL, Inc. and Paul Histand, owner of Histand’s Equipment. The two connected with other locally owned businesses and gave out information to those who were not as familiar with the movement.
The success of the event provides evidence that the “buy local” movement is stronger than ever and people are responding to the message. Kennedy hopes that next year, other towns across the country will participate in or start their own events like the Locavore~Buy Local Event to help create local jobs and revitalize our communities.