Meet Maria DeCarvalho, Neighborhood Champion

Meet Maria DeCarvalho, Neighborhood Champion

Maria DeCarvalho shared three wonderful local family businesses. La Arepa, 582 Smithfield Avenue, Pawtucket  Nohemi Rodriguez grew up in Valencia, Venezuela and she and her son Bernardo Garcia bring traditions of both beauty and deliciousness to their wonderful restaurant, La Arepa, located in the Fairlawn neighborhood of Pawtucket.   Arepas are sweet corn cakes filled…

July is Independents Month!

July is Independents Month!

From July 1 to July 31, Independents Month celebrates independent, locally-owned businesses and the community values they embody: Their spirit of entrepreneurship, individuality, uniqueness, and character. How they give back to our community with their time, talents, goods, and services. How they fulfill community needs that make us healthier and wealthier. Why independents? Every $1…

Meet Sandra Enos, Neighborhood Champion

Meet Sandra Enos, Neighborhood Champion

Sandra Enos, a recently retired sociology professor, has her own small business. Giving Beyond The Box curates gift boxes that feature local enterprises, BIPOC- and woman-owned businesses, Providence-based artists, and local farmers. Sandra’s local champions are located in downtown Wakefield, Rhode Island. They are all within about 500 feet of each other. Sandra said, “Wakefield…

Local Social!

Local Social!

Interested in local economies and investing? Join us for an informal happy hour on Thursday, June 30, 5:30 p.m. at The Guild Beer Garden by the Michael Van Leesten Pedestrian Bridge in Providence. You’ll meet like-minded people, drink local beer, enjoy the Providence riverfront, AND support a locally-owned business. Email jessica@localreturn.org for more information.

Are you a Neighborhood Champion?

Are you a Neighborhood Champion?

Every $1 we spend has consequences. When we choose to buy from locally-owned businesses, our money does more good for our local community. Here’s six good reasons to buy local. From July 1 to July 31, Independents Month celebrates independent, locally-owned businesses and entrepreneurship. For Independents Month, Local Return is recruiting Neighborhood Champions to help…

April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day

April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day! Celebrate at any one of Rhode Island’s delightful independently-only bookshops, from Westerly to Pawtucket to Warren. According to Indiebound.org, there are nine Rhode Island stores participating: Barrington Books, Barrington Books on the Pond, Charlestown Books on the Square, Providence Charter Books, Newport Curiosity & Co, Jamestown Ink Fish…

Move Your Money

Move Your Money

Our economic choices matter. Even if we don’t have the outsized wealth of Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates, there are consequences to how we spend and invest our money.  Choosing a local bank is one of the easiest ways to support our local economy. Thinking locally is about more than spending your dollars locally. It’s…

Why bank local? 

Community banks and credit unions are embedded in local communities, rely on strong customer relationships, and understand the needs of local people, businesses, and markets. Here are four great reasons to bank local (adapted with gratitude from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance).  1. You’ll get the same great services for lower costs.  Most locally owned…