Think Globally, Travel LocallyCOFFEE, Conservation, HEALTH, Philanthropy, STAYCATIONS, VIDEOS — By Milli Thornton on August 6, 2009 at 14:38
Story by Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Milli Thornton. Feature image courtesy Chris Cole of Peaberry’s Café.
WHEN WE SAY travel, we tend to think of world travel—or at least going to another county or state. But most of us travel every day without giving it much thought. Sure, we might be more conscious these days of the cost of gas (and its impact on the environment), but how much do we know that our local travel can make a big impact in other ways?
Do you have a beaten path to Wal-Mart, Target, Starbucks, etc. that you could almost drive in your sleep? I’m not suggesting you never shop in those places, but adding some new travel habits to your routine could prove life-changing.
Thanks to online friend Judy Clement Wall of Zebra Sounds, I’m now a member of the 3/50 project: Saving the Brick and Mortars Our Nation Is Built On. Have a look at these numbers from their site:
3 – Which three independently-owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared?
50 – If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally-owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. Imagine the impact if 3/4 of our employed population did that.
Below are my picks for the 3/50 project. I already have fun spending at least $50 a month between them, so my extra push is to feature them online with a link to each business.
Also, I take the scenic route through Mill Creek Park whenever I can. This keeps me calm and serene for driving and feels like I’m treating myself.
Brian tells me I’m saving gas because I’m driving slower (35 mph) and not doing the Stop-Go for traffic lights and stop signs. I get to share the road with walkers, joggers and bike riders instead of maniacs in SUVs.
4350 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield, Ohio 44406, Ph: (330) 702-9230
Having a local coffee hang-out is essential to my writer’s lifestyle, and Peaberry’s meets my stringent criteria. The coffee’s always perfect (I drink double-shot breves), the service friendly, and I can sit in one of the quiet back booths to write.
Peaberry’s also makes killer gourmet sandwiches. My favorite at the moment is the #9: Cucumber with Asiago Peppercorn, Red Onion and Muenster Cheese on Croissant (I ask for turkey to be added). Yum!
1449 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Suite 260, Boardman, OH 44512, Ph: (330) 726-4766
I *love* this business! I’m not vegan so I’ve only eaten in the café once, but I do love to shop in the eco-friendly New Age half of the store. I have bought candles, aromatherapy, books, a water fountain, CDs and other treasures. I found an agate candle-holder-cum-bookend that was just what I needed for a shelf in my office.For Christmas, I shopped ahead for my busy husband, and then all he had to do was go pay and pick up my items. I still use my “surprise” Christmas gift—a Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp—in my office every day.
Fittingly for the theme of this article, the sign in the picture reads:
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
Health Food Center of Youngstown
(new Website coming soon)
6015 Market Street, Boardman, Ohio 44512, Ph: (330) 965-1515
I buy a lot of herbs and supplements, and I’m fussy about the quality of what I consume. This shop not only feels inviting as you walk inside, they do stock many items I was buying online.
I’ve also bought organic bananas for my organic banana bread, neem toothpaste (Do you read your toothpaste label? Do you know what you’re putting on your gums?), herbal shampoo, almond milk for my protein powder and more.
Which three businesses will you (or do you) support in your local area?
Visit the 3/50 project for more inspiration!
MILLI INTERVIEWED ABOUT THE 3/50 PROJECT ON WKBN:
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Story by Steve Pacer of WKBN, Youngstown, Ohio. Thanks, Steve!
Milli Thornton (aka Milliver) is the author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers. She is owner of the Fear of Writing Online Course, where her mission is to put the fun back into writing. Milli blogs at the Fear of Writing Blog and coaches writers individually at Writer’s Muse Coaching Service.