Fall Habits that Put People First

Fall is a magical time in Michigan. A chill has settled into the air, leaves are starting to turn and pumpkin spice lattes are here! It’s a great time to enjoy Michigan’s bounty by picking apples at local orchards, visiting pumpkin patch farms, walking corn mazes and so much more.

The change of season also marks a change of pace. The days are shortening and we soak up the cozy season to prepare for the cooler months ahead. We also “begin to anticipate the celebrations and gatherings with loved ones.” (Very Well Mind).

While establishing these cozy Fall rhythms, consider local shifts that will prepare you for the winter to come while making a local impact. The businesses in our directory 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. And they need all of us.

We cannot build a local economy that puts people first without YOU. Your dollars act as a vote for the type of place you want. They are small and sustainable shifts in day-to-day rhythms; singular actions that build people first habits.

Here are four ways you can build these habits:



Fall and Winter holidays can certainly mean an uptick in travel. Before you hit the road, be sure your car is ready to go. Keep your money close to home by using these local automotive services for your next oil change, tire rotation, and interior cleaning. Find community-based automotive services. Search here



Have you always envied those year-end letters and pictures you receive in the mail? It might be your year to adopt this fun holiday tradition. Local photographers are key to capturing creative photos your family and friends will love. We’ve got a bunch to choose from! Search here



Shop hops, concerts, exhibits, oh my! Do you need support keeping up with all the great activities and conversations happening across West Michigan? Stay informed with local media resources, including radio stations, online publications, and circulating print pieces. Search here



Cooler weather means more snuggles with your fur babies. Pamper and train your pets with these local retail and veterinary resources. Search here


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


Have you heard that October is the new December?? The holidays seem to creep up earlier and earlier each year. But your holiday preparation and shopping don’t have to put you in a holi-DAZE! Make it easy and make it count by taking advantage of our community resources to gift local and gift good. Start with these habits and stay tuned this November and December for guides to make your holiday season count!

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