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Harvest Dinner Returns in 2021

By |2021-07-20T08:49:54-06:00July 15th, 2021|Eat Local, Press Releases|

Harvest Dinner Returns in 2021 A mix of old and new, this year’s Eat Local Month returns to form with an in-person dinner, along with a month long local food campaign! Local First is pleased to announce that beloved fall feast, the Harvest Dinner, will return in-person this September 2021. Community members are invited [...]

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The Complexity of Durango’s Labor Shortage

By |2021-07-20T09:23:51-06:00July 10th, 2021|News|

The Complexity of Durango’s Labor Shortage Earlier this summer, Local First, In The Weeds and Good Business Colorado’s Resilient Restaurant Program convened Durango’s local restaurant owners at Zia Taqueria North to address the largest barrier for their post-pandemic reopening: the labor shortage. Out of the 18 service businesses in attendance, over 85 open positions [...]

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Welcoming Nationally-Renowned Powerhouse, Stacy Mitchell, to Local First Celebration

By |2021-03-30T11:08:08-06:00March 15th, 2021|News|

Annual Celebration Keynote Speaker: nationally-renowned activist, Stacy Mitchell We are pleased to welcome Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), for a keynote address at this year’s Annual Local Celebration. Stacy Mitchell is an advocate for local and independent businesses and nationally known for her bold and unapologetic stance against [...]

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La Plata CARES Business Relief Fund – Final Report

By |2021-03-30T11:13:11-06:00January 14th, 2021|COVID|

La Plata Cares Relief Funding Final Report | January 14, 2020 The Local First team spent the last days of 2020 putting the final checks in the mail for La Plata Cares grant recipients. In the end, Local First, in partnership with La Plata County and Aid to All, distributed $1,067,831.61 in [...]

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Independents Week-The Greenery

By |2018-07-19T15:17:34-06:00July 12th, 2018|Independents Week|

Faith Frazier The Greenery  Tell us a little bit about the Greenery and why you’re a local independent business in Durango We opened in April 2015 and were the first recreational only dispensary in Durango. We started because of the owner Joel and his business partner Brain, both Fort Lewis Grads, were living [...]

Independents Week: Whole Health

By |2018-07-19T15:49:33-06:00July 5th, 2018|Independents Week|

Independents Week: Whole Health Family Medicine Tell us about when Whole Health Family Medicine started and why you have remained an independent business. We opened Whole Health Family Medicine Clinic in April of 2016.  We are committed to remaining an independent business because this allows us to remove the distractions and unnecessary expenses [...]

Independents Week: The Durango Herald

By |2018-07-19T15:50:09-06:00July 5th, 2018|Independents Week|

Independents Week: The Durango Herald/Ballantine Communications Jamie Opalenik with The Durango Herald  Tell us a little bit about the Herald and why it’s remained independent. The Durango Herald began in 1881. The dedication of the Ballentine Family to journalism in La Plata County is the reason we are able to [...]

Independents Week: Salt 360

By |2018-07-12T12:06:26-06:00July 3rd, 2018|Independents Week|

L-R Owners of Salt 360 Cassidy Bruno, Rocco Bruno, and Patti Salomon at the Salt360 Float Studio on north Main Ave. Why did Salt 360 decide to be an independent business? Patti Salomon: I think it’s because we have more control over what we wanted to do. Ultimately we get to make our own decisions [...]

Independents Week: Pine Needle

By |2018-07-09T15:39:33-06:00July 3rd, 2018|Independents Week|

Pine Needle Mountaineering Co-Owner of Pine Needle Mountaineering, Jeremy Dakan Jeremy Dakan  Why have you remained an independent business? I think that staying independent and not having the corporate cookie cutter models, particularly downtown, is what gives towns like ours its flavor. But really the whole town is [...]

Independents Week: Spaaah Shop

By |2018-07-09T15:42:19-06:00July 3rd, 2018|Independents Week|

Spaaah Shop Antoinette Whidden  Tell us a little bit about you, a relatively new owner of the Spaaah Shop, and a bit about the shop.   The spa has been around since approximately 2005. My mother-in-law purchased the business back in 2010 so I’ve been around it quite a bit. [...]

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