Lowcountry Local First celebrates 10-year anniversary

Charleston, SC  – Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is celebrating a decade of loving the Lowcountry in 2017. In February of 2007, LLF became the first (and still only) organization to act as a unified voice, breaking down barriers for locally-owned, independent businesses across the Lowcountry. Jamee Haley, Matt Bauer, Andy Gowder, and others launched LLF as a grassroots movement with forty local businesses pioneering together around the belief that they were “better together.” Today, LLF has more than 500 local business members of all sizes and across dozens of sectors.

Lowcountry Local First will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary by showing love for the businesses that make the Lowcountry a unique and vibrant place to call home. The Mayors of the City of Charleston, North Charleston and the Town of Mount Pleasant are declaring February as “Love a Local Month.” On February 14, a highly visible public art display will launch and remain up through March 31, encouraging conversation and awareness of the value community-based businesses bring to our quality of life.

Large, individual 3D format letters spelling “Love a Local” will be spread across the community, including Johns Island, West Ashley, James Island, downtown Charleston, North Charleston, and Mount Pleasant. Each letter will be designed to be a unique expression from a local artist, with one letter being interactive for the community.

Passersby of each letter will be encouraged to share and tag photos of the letters, and a social-media based competition will be held to encourage viewers to use social media to share why they love their favorite local businesses. The interactive letter will be housed in the courtyard of Kudu Coffee and will prompt visitors to write love letters to local businesses.

Lowcountry Local First will invite public participation in this campaign throughout the year as it continues to evolve and as the organization seeks to celebrate the past decade and gather input on priorities for the next ten years.

ABOUT: Lowcountry Local First cultivates an economy anchored in local ownership, because local-independent businesses are the foundation of our culture, economy and character.

2017 Vision Statement: Celebrating a decade of elevating the people and places that embrace the unique nature of the place we call home.

LEARN MORE at lowcountrylocalfirst.org, email jordan@lowcountrylocalfirst.org; or find us on Twitter: @lowcountrylocal and Facebook: facebook.com/LowcountryLocalFirst.