Meet the CapeMade Field Guide + the Social Media Shape Up

Winter’s cold brought lots of opportunities for creativity and collaboration in LoveLiveLocal-land!

During the dreariest few months we can recall, we distracted ourselves by whipping up a print project designed to bring the LoveLiveLocal mission to life.  On April 9, we will unveil the new CapeMade Field Guide, your handbook for Cape Cod’s locally made, grown and crafted.

Inspired by our strong relationships with local makers and business owners, as well as our experiences hosting LoveLocal Fests and welcoming visitors at the Bismore Park Visitor Center in Hyannis Harbor (which we manage on behalf of the Town of Barnstable), we wanted to create a guide dedicated to the truly local experience. Our goal was to deliver something relevant for both locals and visitors, who can use it to explore the Cape from Woods Hole to Provincetown while supporting the people who make this place unlike any other through their unique contributions.

In the CapeMade Field Guide, which we plan to produce annually, you will find content similar to what we provide in our monthly updates – year-round day trip ideas, our picks for where to eat, listen, shop and bring the kids, and more – plus advertisements and listings for many locally owned businesses. All those involved are Cape Cod-headquartered; to be eligible for a listing, a business must either make a product locally or sell/use at least three local products (advertisers are listed as well).

Look for a copy of the guide beginning mid-April at the businesses which advertised/listed across the Cape as well as the Cape Cod Chambers of Commerce in Plymouth and Centerville and the Bismore Visitor Center. You will also be able to find it online atlovelivelocal.com.

And, stop by our launch party at the Naked Oyster in Hyannis on April 9 at 5:30pm for local bites, good cheer, and a copy of the guide – you may even be tempted to stay for dinner!

Our off-season escapades also included the opportunity to collaborate with some equally motivated, entrepreneurial-minded friends from the Islands. We attended a “Social Media Shape Up” organized by social media gurus and small business owners Holly Finigan (Nantucket BlACKbook) and Jason Bridges (Handlebar Café) from Nantucket, hosted by the HarborView Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard.

The event was such a great success that we all decided to host a Social Media Shape Up on the Cape, which will take place on April 18 and 19 at the beautiful Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth.

Aside from being a reality of modern life, social media can be a cost-effective way for businesses and organizations of all types to connect with their audience, build brand awareness and show value – if used properly. Even the most social-savvy of us can use some new tips and tricks to keep us ahead of the curve, however.

Six workshops will be offered on topics ranging from Instagram and Twitter to email campaigns and video marketing. Take all of them or pick and choose – each class is just $50 (a great value). We will also take a break at lunch on each day to “get unplugged” with a complimentary “yoga at your desk” session hosted by Love Yoga Fest (no need for yoga clothes). The Local Juice will provide samples of their delicious, fresh, cold-pressed juices.

Workshop sizes are extremely limited so we suggest signing up now! Email us to save your spot; payment can be made onsite. Want to make a staycation of it? Room packages start at $299. To book, please call 508-540-5900 and mention you will be attending the event.

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