Louisville businesses offer extra incentive to shop locally


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on November 21, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 7:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- While big box retailers are advertising their Black Friday and holiday sales, there is a big push to buy local, this year more than ever.

If you collect five receipts from official Louisville Independent Businesses between now and January 7 you can bring them to Highland Cleaners or Feeders Supply and you'll be entered to win $1,000.

Businesses kicked off the "shift your shopping," a campaign to encourage local shopping this holiday season.

The shelves at one local business, Revelry Boutique, are stocked with holiday gifts and chances are, they are gifts that you won't find anywhere else.

"People may get tired of seeing the same stuff everywhere. I think shopping local helps out the local community and I think that people find cooler stuff at local places like this," said shopper JD Dotson.

Revelry owner Mo McKnight is part of a blossoming group of young entrepreneurs owning shops that feature " local only" items.

"I'm not importing, I'm not shipping, it's all coming from the neighborhood. From people bringing these wonderful items in that they are making in their homes," said McKnight.

At Revelry Boutique, they have more than 80 artisans showing off all handmade designs. In fact , sometimes they get so many items, they have to turn people away and maybe book them another time.

McKnight says not only will you get something one of a kind,  but helps the people living right in our community.

"I love to be able to call an artist and say 'I have a big check waiting her for ya, Hey I sold everything I need more,' to hear them so happy and to know that what they are making is making a difference in someone 's life is a huge reward," said McKnight.

More than 500 locally owned businesses and Mayor Greg Fischer are hoping this trend will catch on with shoppers.

"We are thankful. It's what makes out city unique. We have this tremendous cultural heritage here that goes back over 200 years," said Mayor Greg Fischer.