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.
Every $1 we spend has consequences. When we choose to buy from locally-owned businesses, our money does more good for our local community.
Independents Month is a good time to learn about what’s available locally, consider the consequences of your choices, and shift some of your spending.
Meet our Neighborhood Champions
Local people know their communities the best, and they know who and what make it special. For Independents Month, Neighborhood Champions (list updated throughout the month) are spotlighting local businesses they love in their places.
- Sandra Enos, Wakefield
- Maria DeCarvalho, family-owned businesses
- Kate Lentz, independent book stores
- Sarah King, Cumberland
- Caitlin Mandel, Bristol
- Phil Ayoub, Thames Street, Newport
- Kate McGovern, Mount Pleasant, Providence
- Jenn Steinfeld, Valley Arts District, Providence
- Tuni Schartner, Wickford Village
- Josh and Adrienne Daly, Peace Dale
- Carmen Diaz-Jusino and Luis Jusino, Hartford Avenue, Providence
- East Providence Planning Department, East Providence
Are you a Neighborhood Champion?
It’s super easy to participate. Just tell us about a few businesses that make your community great. Get your suggestions in ASAP.