Spring into Habits that Put People First

Raise your hand if you love Spring! The smell of dirt and thunderstorms. Sitting outside on the first 60-degree day. Leaving the puffy coat at home. It’s a time of emergence and renewed energy. Sunny Saturdays and Sundays see friends and families strolling the sidewalks, seeing their community through freshly thawed eyes.

Along with the warmer weather is a sweet reminder of people and the businesses that make our community joyful, resilient, and vibrant.

If you’ve been following Local First for a while, you know we’re proud of the way our entrepreneurs and business owners work toward a circular economy – keeping our money close to home, creating jobs, and taking leaps of faith to bring unique and high-quality products and services to our community.

Over the years, we’ve learned that building a People First Economy takes more than a single action, one time. But it also doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as changing everything all at once. We encourage you to instead think about singular actions as the beginning of forming a habit. A good habit.

There’s no better time than now to build local habits and commit to vote with our dollars by investing locally in products and services we regularly consume.

Here are five ways you can spring into local investment and develop habits that put people first:


If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s the importance of taking care of our physical and mental wellbeing. From gym memberships and nourishing foods to mental health services, there are local experts ready to serve you. Search here.


LF Habits - Spring 2022

Post-tax season is a great time to consider moving your money to a local financial institution and reinvesting in a financial wellness plan that works for you. While April highlights Financial Literacy Month and Move Your Money, it’s never a bad time to research and invest in local banking and finance services. Search here.



Spring cleaning is upon us! Whether you’re sorting through those items that have piled up in homes and offices or giving everything a deep clean, our community is here to help! Search here.



New season, new you! There’s nothing like a good pamper and trim to freshen up for Spring. Get your cut, color, and styling done locally. Search here.



Is a vacation calling you? Even on your way out of town, you can use a local service provider to plan your trip near or far. Take the stress out of your adventure prep. Search here.

Don’t miss what’s good and new at People First Economy! Coming up soon…


The 3rd annual Independents Week comes back at the end of June. Follow along with Local First as we celebrate local, independent businesses and opportunities to localize your Fourth of July weekend.


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