The Holiday season has arrived and most of us will be shopping for at least a few gifts. If you're like me you will spend a bit of time trying to figure out just the perfect something. There is a way to make that easier.
If you followed the link, you can see that the original BuyBlue.org has gone offline. Though they plan a return, we've decided to pick up where they left off....and with a bit of a twist.
Introducing....Bue Blue NC.
Here at BlueNC we're going to start compiling a list of businesses and organizations that promote progressive ideals and candidates. When you support these businesses chances are you'll not only find just the right gift, but your money will find its way to a good cause.
Over the next few days, we'll bump this thread periodically to keep it front and center. We'll start collecting the names, locations, web sites, and other important information about local or national businesses that we should be supporting with our hard earned dollars. After we've collected enough, we'll organize them into an online book form that can be accessed through BlueNC.
Gregflynn submitted these to get us started:
Coopamerica.org - NC
Gordon over at Scrutiny Hooligans sent these links and he plans to do a post at his place as well.
The Purple Pages is a directory of gay-owned or gay-friendly businesses in Asheville:
Asheville Purple Pages
"At Ten Thousand Villages, we work with over 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to bring you fair trade jewelry, home decor, gifts and more. As one of the world's oldest and largest fair trade organizations, we build long-term relationships with artisans that are based on mutual understanding and respect."
Ten Thousand Villages
Fair trade coffee roaster:
Asheville Coffee Roasters
North Carolina's number one independent bookstore:
If you're up for a little research you can do a search through Opensecrets.org, the FEC and the NC State Board of Elections to see which business pac or business owner contributes to Democrats or Democratic causes.
This should be fun and it should be something we can develop and expand as time goes on. Leave any businesses you want included on the list in the comments and we'll start categorizing by city, region or type of business as soon as we can.
Thanks everyone. Enjoy your turkey, ham, football and family time tomorrow. When you hit the shops on Friday don't forget to buy blue.
Sam Spencer has sent a couple in from Charlotte/Mecklenburg and promises more.
Summit Coffee in Davidson supports local food, local music, fair trade coffee, environmentally friendly business practices, and the owner and his wife are educators. Can't give them a better recommendation.
Owen's Bagel on South Blvd. in Charlotte hosts the Meck Young Dems from time to time.
LiberalNC has chimed in with a few spots from lovely Concord/Cabarrus County.
In Concord you just have to visit the Sweet Pea Cafe on historic Downtown Union Street.
It's our regions only vegetarian and organic restaurant, which also has a health/fair trade food store in it. It also hosts the Concord chapter of Drinking Liberally every month.
And if you're on Union Street anyway you need to of course drop by the store owned By Larry Kissell's campaign manager, the Open Door General Store.