In addition to producing festivals and showing the best parts of Cape Cod, we’ve also spent the last seven years trying to use our online and IRL voices to educate people on why it’s so important to shop local. We’ve also published our infographic, our Local Matters video, published an in depth series on where and how to shop local, and shared the negative realities of shopping online. All so that our local community can make an educated decision about where they choose to invest their hard-earned dollars.
What we have heard time and time again is that people are connecting with our message; they want to shop local. But what we also hear is that online shopping is super convenient and too easy to give up. And we get it. Online shopping continues to grow for good reasons.
Over the past year while we continued our education efforts, we’ve also been surveying, information gathering and teasing an idea.
Our idea is to develop a practical solution to this very real threat to our local economy. In 2019 we will develop a comprehensive e-commerce site where any and all local businesses can sell their products, and where Cape Cod consumers can shop local 24 hours a day, seven days a week. LoveLiveLocal.com will be your one stop shop for everything from gift items and home décor to clothing and household necessities and will perform at the same level as any comparative corporate e-tailer.
We truly believe this is what small local businesses need in order to survive and thrive in this new digital economy, and to take back the business that has already been lost to the richest man in the world.
We are beyond excited (and a little nervous) about this endeavor. If you are a local business and are interested in learning more – let us know. And all of you Local Lovers out there, we are going to need your feedback, input and encouragement along the way.
Here we go!