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Bringing The Economic Stimulus Home

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I love shopping on the Internet as much as the next person.  But it doesn’t benefit the local economy at all.  The truth is, I have always supported local businesses – never considering myself a “Hardrock Cafe” kind of gal.  I’d much rather go off the beaten path and find places in my neighborhood and town that offer unique and quality products or services.

Cinda Baxter, a confessed “retail enabler” has created a grassroots effort called The 3/50 Project.  The premise is simple:  Pick 3 local businesses you can’t live without and commit to spending $50 per month at them.  That’s it.  In toto.  $50.

I can make that commitment.  Especially knowing that a large portion of what I spend will return to the local economy through payroll, taxes and other expenditures.  Actually, I have more than 3 local businesses I love here in Tampa.  Check out my list and make your own.  And visit the 3/50 Project

Sherry’s Yesterdaze (you and your house can be stylish and snazzy with all the cool retro stuff at this store)

The Street Market (incredible gifts made from all natural and recycled materials-Osborne & Florida)

Cappy’s Pizza (once you have it, no other pizza is relevant – Seminole Heights)

Inkwood Books (the last independent bookstore in Tampa)

Fuji Sushi (ask for the Megan Super Crunchy roll – Dale Mabry & Henderson)

Wright’s Deli (if you don’t know about this treasure on Dale Mabry south of Henderson, now’s the time)

Muse Hair Group (killer hair services-Armenia just north of Kennedy)

Rollin’ Oats Health Food (one of the oldest health food stores in Tampa on MacDill & Cypress)

Cafe Hey (great soy milk lattes – Franklin & 275)

Bo’s Ice Cream (yeah, twirl that soft serve and dip it in butterscotch – Florida north of Sligh)

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