Our next Local Social

Our next Local Social

Interested in local economies and investing? Come on out to our next Local Social at the Schoolyard Market at Hope & Main on Wednesday, August 24, at 5:30 p.m. The market features live music, vendors, and food and beverage trucks. You’ll meet some fun people, experience beautiful Warren, AND support a whole bunch of locally-owned businesses…

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…

Jam(boree) with us!

There are a lot of us working to create vibrant, resilient, regenerative communities. We come at this from many different angles: investment, financial empowerment, sustainability practices, asset-building, cooperatives, community development, food systems, entrepreneurship, capital access, organizing, and so much more.  There is power in strong connections. So join us on Wednesday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m.…

Neighborhood Trusts

Local Return supports the recommendation made by the Rhode Island Foundation’s Make It Happen: Investing in Rhode Island’s Future committee to invest $50 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds in neighborhood trusts. A neighborhood trust is a collection of funds, controlled by members of the community for the long-term benefit of the community. This…

“A wicked meaningful RI holiday”

Special thanks to Ed Fitzpatrick of the Boston Globe for including Local Return president Jessica David in “A wicked meaningful R.I. holiday gift guide” in today’s edition of Rhode Map. It’s a great reminder to buy your holiday supplies from a locally-owned business in a community you care about. Your money will stay local longer…