Why Shop Local is the brainchild of Jasper Lapienski, a Northampton resident who has no affiliation with Serio’s Market other than as a customer. Jasper grew up in Amherst and has lived in Northampton since 2009. Jasper has been bringing our community together for a cause ever since, organizing for peace with the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars, the Western Mass Coalition for Palestine, and Jewish Voice for Peace; supporting (mostly losing) political campaigns as Visibility Coordinator for the Bardsley Campaign Committee and Campaign Manager for the Committee to Elect Blue DuVal; and promoting public transportation as a rider representative on the Franklin Regional Transit Advisory Committee.
Participants will be treated to loads of free samples, demo products, and special deals and will have the opportunity to participate in raffles and win prizes. Serio’s deli will be open for business and all seminar participants will be offered the Sandwich of the Day for 50% off as well as a menu of various options for lunch, which will be served in-store after the presentation. For more information on the Why Shop Local seminars or to speak or feature your business at one, email jasper (insert @ if you’re human) whyshoplocal.org. You may also CLICK HERE to join the seminar series email list.
Follow the Money: ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF LOCAL TO COMMUNITIES
Dr. Bjorn Markeson, Smith College