Join us for First Fridays 2024!

By |2024-05-17T10:20:33-06:00May 17th, 2024|First Friday, General, Home Page|

Join us by participating in First Friday!  Local First, Durango Creative District, and the ArtRoom Collective are excited you’re interested in joining the First Friday fun and listing your event. Every First Friday we’re celebrating Durango's creative side by highlighting our community's local artists, performers, and artisans of all sorts. Live music, original performances, [...]

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Join Us for the Local Indie Awards and Annual Member Celebration!

By |2024-05-15T12:20:22-06:00May 15th, 2024|General, Home Page, News|

Join Us for the Local Indie Awards and Annual Member Celebration! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 29th, at 6:00pm and join us at the Powerhouse Science Center for an evening filled with music, great food, and well-deserved recognition. This year, Local First’s Annual Member Celebration promises to be a [...]

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Move Your Money to Invest in Your Community

By |2024-05-15T09:08:54-06:00April 26th, 2024|General, Home Page, News, Shop Local|

Move Your Money to Invest in Your Community By Doug McCarthy, Local First | Originally published April 26th, 204 in the Durango Herald April is Move Your Money Month. That means putting your money in a bank that invests in your community. The money you deposit in a bank doesn’t sit in [...]

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Being a Localist Means Fighting for Fairness

By |2024-03-21T15:28:28-06:00March 21st, 2024|General, Home Page, News, Shop Local|

Being a Localist Means Fighting for Fairness By Doug McCarthy, Local First The localist movement grew from a recognition that a globalist economy dominated by large multinational corporations does not always benefit consumers and our communities. Weak antitrust enforcement has allowed consolidation of market power in many industries, which disadvantages small businesses that [...]

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Locals supporting locals – An idea to embrace this holiday season

By |2024-03-11T15:42:34-06:00November 24th, 2023|General, Home Page, News, Shop Local|

Locals supporting locals – An idea to embrace this holiday season By Mary Oswald, Local First | Originally published in the Durango Herald Friday, Nov 24, 2023 11:51 AM A few weeks ago, I read a Letter to the Editor in The Durango Herald questioning the almost fanatic adoration that many Durangoans hold for [...]

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Membership Matters

By |2023-06-07T12:55:12-06:00June 7th, 2023|Act Local, General, Home Page, News, Shop Local|

Membership Matters By Lauren Berutich, Local First and Sadie Schafer, Local First | Originally published in the Durango Herald Saturday, May 27, 2023 2:17 PM I fondly remember my first membership to an organization. I was 10 and saved up money from babysitting and my allowance. It was the 80’s and before [...]

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Local First Partners with Peak Health Alliance to Bring New Health Insurance Carrier to Southwest Colorado

By |2023-04-10T12:21:05-06:00April 10th, 2023|General, Home Page, Press Releases|

Local First Partners with Peak Health Alliance to Bring New Health Insurance Carrier to Southwest Colorado Local First joined Peak Health Alliance in announcing the selection of Denver Health Medical Plan (DHMP) to offer individual health insurance plans, compliant with the Affordable Care Act and Colorado Option, in southwest Colorado beginning [...]

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Shop Local for the Planet

By |2023-03-29T11:21:32-06:00March 29th, 2023|Act Local, General, Home Page, News, Shop Local|

Support Local for the Planet By supporting independently-owned retailers, farmers, entrepreneurs, and companies, we are choosing to invest in a future with a healthier, more sustainable community and world. By Louise Snodgrass, Local First | Originally published in the Durango Herald Tuesday, Mar 28, 2023 5:58 PM With the dramatic effects of climate change [...]

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Spread the Love — Support Local this Valentine’s Day

By |2023-02-08T11:57:26-07:00February 7th, 2023|Eat Local, General, Home Page, Shop Local|

Original photo: Shopping at The Sparrow Mercantile | Nick Kogos | Visit Durango Ready or not, Valentine’s Day is upon us. It may be surprising to some but this seemingly minor holiday in the middle of February has a major impact on our nation’s economy. Retailers, large and small, are preparing across the [...]

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Your Voice Matters – Local First Annual Member Survey

By |2023-01-11T16:09:19-07:00January 11th, 2023|General, Home Page|

It's Annual Member Survey time and we want to hear from you! With a founding mission to support independent local business and help shape an economy that values the people, the planet, and prosperity for everyone, the team at Local First looks forward to this time of year, every year. We've created a comprehensive [...]

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