What is the Be Local Network?
Be Local is the region’s premier shop local promotion and education network. This program is dedicated to strengthening the region’s economy and promoting locally-owned, independent businesses by educating residents and visitors about the importance of shopping locally. The 2020 Be Local Network will include businesses from Southwest and Central Pennsylvania, Southeast Ohio, and the Ohio Valley in West Virginia.
Local businesses help communities become more prosperous, entrepreneurial and connected as well as giving it its unique character. They tailor their products, services, and practices to best suit the local community. Local stores serve as more than just places to shop, but as gathering places. Places to catch up with neighbors, find out the latest news, and share stories with family and friends. Locally-owned business owners also have a higher commitment to the overall wellbeing of the community as most live in the area.
Editor’s note: This is a weekly series focusing on the importance of buying local.
Participating businesses in each market will offer an exclusive and enticing discount to card holders. Discount cards can be used in any region of the Be Local Network. Go to BeLocal.net to check out the latest offers!
As COVID-19 disrupts normal routines, Mari Chacón and Lauren Lega of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa offer suggestions to help people cope physically and mentally.
Local wineries are offering curbside pickup and in-store sales during the COVID-19 outbreak, which closed state liquor stores last month. Most state stores will reopen for curbside pickup this week.
Those looking for something to do other than gorging on TV still have one avenue – or, path, maybe – available to them: tens of miles of walking, biking and hiking trails that remain open in the area.