Customers Derek Currie and Colleen Finnegan interact with servers Jay Furgal and Jesse Shockney at Sparkytown. The restaurant will be a vendor at the Buy Local Bash.
Photo by Amanda Seef.
SYRACUSE Sparkytown, a restaurant tucked into the Hawley Green district, is becoming a popular purveyor of locally-produced goods.
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Buy Local Bash
Benjamin’s on Franklin
314 Franklin St., Armory Square.
6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21
Cost: $20 advance, available online syracusefirst.org, or at Sparkytown
$25 at the door
“People come here and it’s sort of like ‘Cheers,’” said owner Linda “Sparky” Mortimer. “It’s warm, welcome and it’s like they’re part of something.”
That’s the appeal of local business, Mortimer said. She and other vendors will be taking part in the second annual Buy Local Bash, sponsored by not-for-profit Syracuse First, at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at Benjamin’s on Franklin in Armory Square.
The event is the kick-off to Shop Syracuse week, part of a national campaign by more than 85 communities to encourage shopping at locally-owned businesses.
“Here’s an opportunity to engage citizens with ways to impact the community directly while doing holiday shopping,” said Chris Fowler, executive director of Syracuse First.
The event will feature local roots band Los Blancos and act as a taste of the region’s locally owned businesses. Restaurants will offer samples of their traditional dishes, Empire Brewery will be on-site with beer samples and Cazenovia winery Owera Vineyards will be there with regional wines.
“It gives people who haven’t had a chance to try Syracuse a chance to get more familiar with the businesses,” Mortimer said. “It puts in people’s minds how important it is to shop locally.”
The event will celebrate what is “wonderful, great and unique” about Central New York, Fowler said.
“People don’t go to Oregon to go to Applebee’s or Chili’s,” said Jamie White, marketing director for Syracuse First. “They go for a unique experience and that’s something we’re trying to promote in Syracuse.”
Know the terms
A locavore is a person interested in eating food that is locally produced, not moved long distances to market.