Important News from SLF: The End of an Era

Dear SLF Members, Vendors, Friends, and Neighbors: On behalf of the Board of Directors of SLF, we have some important news to share. After a decade of serving the small businesses and artists in our beloved city, Somerville Local First will be ending its run as an organization as of May 1, 2019. This was certainly a difficult decision to make given the deep love our Board of Directors and our most recent Executive Director, Courtney O’Keefe, have for SLF and what it represents. We imagine many... read more

Get To Know Leandro from The Green Solutionist

I’m a hospitality graduate out of The Netherlands says and to me, a calling, is work so meaningful that we would continue doing it even if we won the lottery and became independently wealthy. As I was adopted and consider myself lucky beyond words, I always had the innate desire to give back, I just simply couldn’t decide how. What I did know was the three pillars of sustainability (people, planet & profit) made sense and moving back to the US in 2016 gave me another opportunity to... read more

Preserving and Enhancing our Commercial Corridors

Originally Published in The Somerville TImes, January 29, 2015 Locally owned, independent business have long been ingrained into the economic fabric of the City of Somerville. With significant changes on the horizon, having a strong commercial-tax generating base is something that should be on the forefront of every conversation about Somerville’s future. Seeing the incredible transformation of Assembly Row, the increase of activity in the Ames complex and storefronts opening across the city... read more

’10% Shift’ and Somerville Local First recognized at City Hall

Originally Published in The Somerville TImes, April 1, 2009 Somerville Local First gained an endorsement from the Board of Alderman last week supporting its efforts to get city residents to spend 10 percent of their budgets at local businesses. Somerville Local First Executive Director and 10 % Shift committee member Joe Grafton was on hand with business representatives from throughout the city to receive recognition from both the Aldermen and Mayor Joseph Curtatone. “This is going to... read more

Attention shoppers: Local First launches in Somerville

Originally Published in The Somerville TImes, May 12, 2008 The Somerville Local First coalition officially set up shop last Thursday, hosting a launch party at Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club in Davis Square attended by dozens of enthusiastic business owners, residents and city officials. Somerville Local First joins more than 60 ‘Local First’ campaigns formed around the United States and Canada and united under the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies network (BALLE),... read more

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