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Albuquerque shoppers flock to the stores for Small Business Saturday

Officials in Duke City are asking residents to buy local produce this holiday season. On Saturday, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and local guides spent the afternoon visiting small businesses along Central Avenue. “This year we’re coming back strong and we’re coming back locally, and we want to encourage everyone to do the same,” said Mayor Keller. City officials celebrated Small Business Saturday. The day is recognized nationwide as a shopping holiday and occurs on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Community members were also seen supporting local businesses like Silver Street Market on Silver Avenue SW. Erin Callan, a resident of Albuquerque, said. Callan added that she was a loyal customer at Silver Street Market. She has been visiting the local store every day for three years. Staff said they appreciate the support, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. “Many of our products come from the region. Everything comes from here. I just find it important to do local shopping when you come from there, “said Stephen Graham, a Silver Street Market third-year Buyer Local Month employee, to encourage residents to do local businesses over the holidays and that support all year round. In 2018, Albuquerque launched the nationally recognized Buy Local initiative. It is a twofold effort that encourages the community to make conscious decisions to support local businesses and encourages city governments to outsource contracts to local providers. The initiative returned contracts worth over $ 7 million to Duke City and loaned them to local businesses. Damian Lara, Interim Director for Economic Development / City of Albuquerque. “When you shop locally, nearly 70% of every dollar you spend stays in our community,” said Damian Lara, interim director for economic development. “That makes a big difference.” The 2021 initiative will include a variety of scheduled events, pop-up vendors, and free parking along Central Avenue in December. The campaign also encourages parishioners to dine in local restaurants. Local businesses and supporters can request a #BuyLocalABQ sticker and find more information about the Buy Local Initiative on the city’s website here.

Officials in Duke City are asking residents to buy local produce this holiday season.

On Saturday, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and local guides spent the afternoon visiting small businesses along Central Avenue.

“This year we’re coming back strong and we’re coming back locally and we want to encourage everyone to do the same,” said Mayor Keller.

City officials celebrated Small Business Saturday. The day is recognized nationwide as a shopping holiday and occurs on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Community members were also seen supporting local businesses like Silver Street Market on Silver Avenue SW.

“It’s so handy when you realize you’ve forgotten milk or need some bread for a sandwich, you can just come here and it’s just lovely,” said Erin Callan, an Albuquerque resident.

Callan added that she is a loyal customer of the Silver Street Market. She has been visiting the local store every day for three years.

Staff said they appreciate the support, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Many of our products come from the region. Everything comes from here. I just find it important to shop locally when you come from there, ”said Stephen Graham, a Silver Street Market representative.

Mayor Keller declared December Buy Local Month for the third time and encouraged residents to support local businesses during the holidays and all year round.

In 2018, Albuquerque launched the nationally recognized Buy Local initiative. It is a twofold effort that encourages the community to make conscious choices to support local businesses and encourages city governments to outsource contracts to local suppliers.

The initiative has brought back over $ 7 million in contracts to Duke City for local businesses.

Damian Lara, Interim Director for Economic Development / City of Albuquerque

“When you shop locally, nearly 70% of every dollar you spend stays in our community,” said Damian Lara, interim director for economic development. “That makes a big difference.”

The 2021 initiative will include a variety of scheduled events, pop-up vendors, and free parking along Central Avenue in December.

The campaign also encourages community members to dine in local restaurants.

Local businesses and supporters can request a #BuyLocalABQ sticker and find more information about the Buy Local Initiative on the city’s website.

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