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Beacon supports ‘Shop Local’ effort

By Staff | Feb 14, 2018

Starting Wednesday, Feb. 21, from noon to 2 p.m., the Beacon of HOPE’s Pine Island United Way House will be supporting the “Shop Local” effort. On the third Wednesday of every month, the Beacon of HOPE will feature a Pine Island local, small business. The Beacon of HOPE is supporting the “Shop Local” movement because its success has been demonstrated nationwide in strengthening local economies.

“Sweeney’s SOS will be our first featured local business,” Beacon Executive Director Betsy Haesemeyer said. “”Patti’s store of unique and great smelling organic soaps, essential oils, lotions and candles show her passion and skills she puts into each product. Her loyal fans rave about her charcoal soap.”

Officials at the Beacon of HOPE understand it matters where consumer and business dollars are spent and how those dollars drive the economy. Pine Island residents and visitors can make a difference to the island community by supporting local businesses.

Supporting local business reduces the environmental impact by traveling less; helps create local jobs; invests in our community; keeps dollars here; and our small local business owners donate more to local charities. What’s spent on the island stays on the island.

“Every time you spend money on the island, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want,” Haesemeyer said. “Join us on Feb. 21 from 12 until 2 p.m. at the Beacon of HOPE’s classroom at 5090 Doug Taylor Circle, St. James City.”