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Our view: Think local, buy local, party local

Holiday shoppers are out in full force now, coincidentally just as SyracuseFirst approches it's formal one-year anniversary celebration.

SyracuseFirst, a nonprofit whose motto is "think local, buy local, be local," has gained serious noteriety and momentum in only a year (and a half), since founder and executive director Chris Fowler sprang the intensely

local-first philosophy on Syracuse.

Though it was technically founded in June 2009, SyracuseFirst will hold a "Buy Local Bash" to mark the end of its first full year of operations at 6 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 15. The shindig is hosted by Orange Line Gallery, at the gallery's most recent home at 106 Montgomery St., next to Miss Syracuse Diner.

Attending the Buy Local Bash is a great way to support local business, but an even more long-term opportunity is to take SyracuseFirst's pledge -- an informal promise to the organization and community that you will redirect 10 percent of your spending to locally owned and operated businesses and producers.

Ten percent? This month, that could be one Christmas gift bought from Eureka Crafts instead of the Hallmark Store, or one lunch enjoyed at SparkyTown instead of Panera.

Think you can do it? We challenge you, and ourselves, to take the pledge -- and to choose the high-spending holiday season to do so!

Visit theeaglecny.com for more information about SyracuseFirst and the Buy Local Bash.

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