October 15, 2014

Island Local ™ to Kick-off Arts & Entertainment Week Events, Workshops and Special Deals at Area Businesses October 19-October 25

Carolina Beach, NC (October 13, 2014) – As part of its focus on building awareness around the importance of seeking, supporting and sustaining local business, the Island Local ™ organization is promoting participating island businesses for a week long series of events and special deals starting on October 19. Throughout the week, business patrons are asked to show their pride and support of local business by wearing an Island Local t-shirt and by participating in unique events showcasing the talent and trade of these businesses. Sunday, October 19th, Island Local ™ and the Art Culture Alliance will kick off the week with a unique opportunity for families to help create a community pelican sculpture for public display on Pleasure Island, as well as some other fun activities. The event, held at the Artful Living Group, is free and funded through donations made by Island Local and the Island Arts and Culture Alliance. The week culminates with a Mini-Fall Festival and Jack O’ lantern Art at The Veggie Wagon on Saturday, October 25th.

“Pleasure Island businesses make a tremendous contribution to our local economy and our community,” said Steve Wright, co-founder of Island Local. “In our mission to educate consumers about the importance of supporting local, we aim to ensure that the economy here on the island has sustainability not only during the vacation season, but during the shoulder seasons as well.” He said. “One of the ways Island Local is doing that is by promoting participating businesses, and partnering with them on these community campaign weeks. A key element is creating special events to demonstrate the skill, talents, and products these businesses bring to our local area,” he added.

During the week of October 19 – October 25, Pleasure Island businesses including, Artful Living Group, Beachy Keen Photography, Print-A-Snap, the Art and Culture Alliance, Surfhouse Oyster Bar & Surf, Cut’n Up Hair Salon, Good Hops Brewing, Stella & Dot, and Tip Top Frame will be hosting workshops and events offering special opportunities and deals for consumers who participate. Many events are free and most are for families and pets, too! A schedule of events can be found at Islandlocal.biz. Short videos promoting the events are available on You Tube and on the Island Local Facebook page as well.

Other Island Local ™ activities to help promote a vibrant local economy include:

Island Local ™  Fridays: To bridge community focus and awareness to Island Local ™, visitors and locals of Pleasure Island can purchase an Island Local ™ t-shirts at The Veggie Wagon, Salty Dog Yoga & Surf, Island Wellness Market, or Good Hops Brewing for $20.00 and a long sleeve version for $25.00. Consumers wearing the shirt on Island Local ™ Fridays and during community campaign weeks are able to get additional discounts at participating businesses.

Community Campaign Weeks: Island Local brings focus to businesses and customer deals during upcoming community campaigns including Arts and Entertainment week in October, Merchants Week in November, Wellness Week in January; Hospitality Week in early spring; and Focus On the Home Week in April. In addition, the Island Local organization participates in many island community events to educate the public about seeking, supporting, and sustaining local businesses and to promote participating business supporters. They include events such as Island Day, the Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival, and the Salty Paws Festival.

Business Supporter Promotion: Island Local business supporters join for $120.00 a year and non-profits join for $30.00 a year. These organizations must be physically located on Pleasure Island. Marketing promotion will extend beyond the borders of Pleasure Island so that visitors and locals throughout the Wilmington region are able to learn about what options are available to them on Pleasure Island. The Island Local ™ website at www.islandlocal.biz provides information on joining, includes a directory of participating businesses, the mission of Island Local™, and discounts provided by business supporters. For more information, please contact Steve Wright at 910.390.0244. Island Local ™ launched in April 2014 and has more than 80 participating business supporters. Efforts of the organization are designed to promote broader awareness and education of supporting and sustaining local. Island Local ™ promotes participating local Pleasure Island businesses, and works to educate the community about the benefits of keeping it local.
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