This past Saturday, our local businesses and their patrons helped us celebrate our second Shop Local Day, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the support of those who helped make it happen. We thought our expectations couldn’t be exceeded a second time, however, 41% more merchants participated in last Saturday’s event than at our event in November.
Throughout the month, Chesapeake Bank was able to distribute over 5,000 shopping bags to both shoppers and merchants, over 250 “Buck Stays Here” decals and over 2,000 pieces of Shop Local freebies. As we signed up merchants to take part in Shop Local Day, the Williamsburg region blew us away by having almost 160% more participating merchants compared to our first Shop Local Day.
While we may take a few days to rest, pretty soon we’ll be hitting the ground running with our now semi-annual Shop Local event. Every April and November, Chesapeake Bank, with the help of local Chambers of Commerce, will continue to encourage patrons to keep their dollars in the community by shopping local.
Thanks again for all your help. We’ll be keeping you posted throughout the year on other news coming from your communities and local Chesapeake Bank branches.