The grown up sister of the Lompoc Cash Mob events, Shop Lompoc Shop Small is based on the premise that local small businesses working together, supporting each other and engaging the community, assist the small business community in becoming healthier and more viable. A vibrant business community, in turn, improves the quality of life of its citizens through an increased sales tax base, more employment opportunities and increased support for youth and community activities not to mention the sheer economic impact of money recycling within the community. Perhaps, and most important of all, it is fun. It’s fun for the businesses that participate and it’s fun for the shoppers.
The next Shop Lompoc Shop Small Saturday is May 7th and is a city wide scavenger hunt of sorts. Maps listing the 34+ participating businesses are available at those businesses (we are one of them!) and the Chamber of Commerce. Visit six of the businesses, have your map validated by each (no purchase necessary) and register for a chance to win one of the six SLSS Gift Bags filled with lots of wonderful swag from the participating businesses. Visit more businesses and complete more maps for more chances to win. Most businesses have some sort of special activity or sale for the day which is part of the fun. We will have our prize wheel out, special sales, there will be an opportunity to win a Powell skateboard and for every map we stamp we will donate a $1 to Relay for Life.
It is probably no surprise this semi-annual event is near and dear to our hearts. We have a lot of fun on Shop Small Saturdays meeting new people as they are out exploring as well as visiting and catching up with many of our customers and friends. However, one of the things I enjoy most, is the collaboration of one business to the next, the sense of community as we support each other. As Helen Keller so eloquently and succinctly stated, ‘Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.’ So grab a map and see you Saturday for Shop Lompoc Shop Small. Together we can accomplish something big in our community.