Kathy Scharp of Russian Ballet Theater, winner of the Big Leap Award. Photo by Chris Asadian, Ann Arbor News
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The Eyrie is a Michigan artisan market located in Ypsilanti's historic Depot Town, next to the Sidetrack Bar & Grill. Featuring over 180 Michigan artisans' work; including photographs, greeting cards, jewelry & accessories, paintings, pottery, blown glass, unique home decor and much more. Call at 734.340.9286 or visit theeyrie.net.

Shop Local – Support local businesses by doing your shopping with them.
  • Did you know that every $100 you spend at a local business creates $45 in ongoing local economic activity, either via recirculating in our community supporting local jobs and reinvestment in our community?
  • When $100 is spent with a non-local chain store, only $15 stays here.
  • And each locally spent dollar recirculates 2 more times before leaving!
In the words of author Michael Shuman, "Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local customers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations back into the community where it belongs."

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Our mission is to support and cultivate locally-owned, independent businesses in Washtenaw County, Michigan that are committed to making our community a healthier and more vibrant place to live.
Think Local First provides resource sharing and community building opportunities for locally-owned independent businesses as well as raising community awareness and developing strategies for supporting these businesses.
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Think Local First 2014
Indie Awards Announced

Arbor Brewing Company, Russian Ballet Theater Company, By the Pound and the Neutral Zone were big winners at Think Local First's annual event June 28.
Read About the Winners