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Syracuse First hosts second annual 'Buy Local Bash'

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.

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.

— According to Syracuse First, if 10 percent more shopping was done at locally-owned, independent stores and restaurants, it would result in $130 million new economic activity in Onondaga County.

“Our economy has not been the strongest in Central New York,” Fowler said. “The solutions have not been able to provide the results for the economy. The reality is that the engine of the economy are businesses that are opening and creating jobs that have more than just an economical benefit, but a community benefit, as well.”

For each dollar spent at locally-owned businesses, between 70 and 80 cents of that dollar is returned to the community through payroll and other services a business offers, Mortimer said.

“It’s really important to emphasize that by spending money locally, you’ve made a commitment to making an intimate connection with someone who lives in the community,” she added. “It’s what has helped me stay.”

Mortimer moved to Syracuse from the Bronx and Long Island two decades ago. About four years ago, she opened Sparkytown a few blocks away from her home. The restaurant sits at the corner of Burnet Avenue and Catherine Street.

“I’m a big neighborhood fan,” she said. “Syracuse is a big city with a small-town sort of a feel. Syracuse is a city that’s in a renaissance. There’s a lot of potential for people to stay here.”

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