Are you done with your holiday shopping yet?

Is your email inbox full of marketing emails from national retailers? It’s hard to resist because we’re all busy…it’s so much easier to just buy your present from a big box store or national retailer when they’re offering BIG discounts and even free shipping/guaranteed shipping before Christmas.

We hope you consider SHIFTING some of your spending this holiday season to a local business because…

shop local this holiday season


Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving

thanksgiving 2014Growing up, thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  I think it’s because my birthday usually lands on Thanksgiving weekend.  Nothing beats good food (including birthday cake) and time with my family.

We usually spend Thanksgiving with my uncles, aunties and cousins.  I come from a big family – my dad has 9 brothers and sisters so you can imagine how many cousins I have – and scheduling time to meet up with everyone is pretty difficult.  Thanksgiving was the only holiday that we could count on where usually, everyone can make it.

Has anyone else noticed how corporate America squirmed its way into this holiday? Many retail chains are open during Thanksgiving now and I feel sad for retail workers who HAVE to work this holiday season.  As consumers, are we really that hungry for sales?  Do we really need one more day to shop?  Our society has moved away from thanksgiving being a national holiday to be spent with friends and family into the biggest shopping weekend. What do you think about this? Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving?

Whatever you do, we hope that you and your loved ones have a wonderful thanksgiving.  We really are thankful for your support of Shift Local and we hope that if you do shop this weekend, you make your way to local and independent shops.

Love Mari

How a Broken System Stole the American Dream

It has been an uphill battle to recover from the recent economic crisis.  What led to where we are today was the deliberate transfer of wealth from middle class and the poor to the wealthiest members of America.  Isn’t it time to act and prepare for a long-term rebuilding of a broken system?  “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream” is a documentary discussing the roots of the American economic crisis.  Let’s do our part and shift some of our spending back to local communities and help create a fair and sustainable economy.

To learn more about the events that led to this economic crisis, check out the screening of Heist followed by a panel on April 19 at 7pm at Grand Lake Theater in Oakland.  Cost is $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.   Another screening will be held at 9:30pm and the cost is $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors.  You can purchase tickets online here.

 Grand Lake Theater is located at 3200 Grand Lake Ave. in Oakland.


Does this look like a film worth seeing to learn more about how we can take back the American dream?