Ocryx and Joe

Ocryx and Joe do the 3/50 program for Christmas this year

Support local business, and keep local business money, well, local.
posted Dec 15, 2010
O&J do the 3-50 project. You can, too!
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This is a great program- simply patronize three local privately-owned businesses to the tune of $50 each month, and you can make a difference in your community. Are the crows asking you to spend more than you usually would? No- they are asking you to stop patronizing the soulless "big box stores" a the mall.

Website: http://www.the350project.net

by NineInchNachos on 12/15/2010 @ 7:53am
need to pick up one of those glass baby head glasses from Amocat Cafe. My bro would like it.

by NineInchNachos on 12/15/2010 @ 7:54am
and more skunk tacoma t-shirts!

by fredo on 12/15/2010 @ 8:00am
Yes, I think this would be a good idea.

People who blindly spend their money with national businesses when there are perfectly acceptable homegrown alternatives contribute to a sort of community impoverishment. What extras does the consumer get when he supports local business? Local owners are more likely to special order the item you want or change their product mix in such a way that it more closely reflects what the specific community wants. And the local business is likely going to offer some niche items that just can't be obtained elsewhere. A local owner can dicker over the price of an item or even barter it to you. Try that at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

What do big box stores offer that most small businesses don't? Sadly, there are some advantages to the big boxes. They usually maintain store hours, not closing early and opening late. They are more likely to have well-maintained bathrooms and lots of free parking available to the public. And they are more likely to have deep inventory on some popular items.

Good cartoon Jinx. Made my day!

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/15/2010 @ 10:11am
$50 x 68% = $34

$34 x 102,500 = $3,485,000

That's a lot of extra $$$ floating around the local economy.
TO'T approves.

by The Jinxmedic on 12/15/2010 @ 10:49am
TO'T- you missed the compounding factor:

$50 (the "50" of the "3/50") x 68% = $34

$34 x 3 (the "3" of the "3/50") = $102

$102 x 102,500 (nominal 50% population figure) = $10,455,000 EVERY MONTH

by daubermaus on 12/15/2010 @ 12:06pm
It's easy to get into the habit of thinking local first.

Groceries? Terra Organics, Cappy's Produce, ANY small butcher, farmer's market once a month.....

Clothes? small boutiques and vintage are your friend.

Lincoln Hardware and Lincoln Pharmacy as well as Rankos pharmacy are local.

Eating out is easiest - just say no to corporate food like substances.

We tried to not buy "made in China" for several years - unfortunately brake pads for the car are just one of many, many random and vital items that seem to be only made in China these days.

So, we now just work very hard to shop local stores only, not always successful - but we try.

by The Jinxmedic on 12/17/2010 @ 8:52am
Just discovered Puget Sound Pizza's $16.00 large cheese pizza with two soda special. Outstanding stuff with plenty of next-day pizza for work. yum.

by NineInchNachos on 12/17/2010 @ 9:46am
here is my suggestions! www.cartoonistsleague.org/go-local-gifts...

by The Jinxmedic on 12/20/2010 @ 11:03am
We also plan on hiring a local string quartet for our "End of the World" gala on December 21st, 2012.

by daubermaus on 12/24/2010 @ 1:51pm
Shop local!

Shop 6th Ave - there are No Mall crowds!

And the gifts are more unique!

Crescent Moon has parking behind the store!

by daubermaus on 12/24/2010 @ 1:52pm
Crescent Moon is open until 6pm!

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/24/2010 @ 2:02pm
Good! I need some more nag champa soap.