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Ten Percent Shift Launch Party

When: Fri., July 10, 7-10 p.m. 2009

Ten percent is a funny sort of amount when you start to think about it. Generally, changing a habit 10 percent is manageable, but it can yield great results. If you went to the gym 10 percent more, you’d be 10 percent thinner! The math may be a little off here, but it’s safe to say that we could all use 10 percent more goodness in our life.

That’s why Lowcountry Local First is hosting a launch party for the Ten Percent Shift. The idea is that Charleston residents should buy one-tenth of their goods from locally owned/operated businesses. That means thousands of jobs and millions of dollars coming back into our community rather than into the pockets of Sam Walton’s heirs. The idea originated up in New England, and this is the first push for 10 percent local consumer spending along the Southeastern coast. More than 220 businesses have signed up to support the shift.

If you attend the party, you’ll be treated to 10 percent coupons for various local businesses through the month of July. Not only that, but Charleston favorites Taco Boy, Monza, Palmetto Brewing Company, Firefly Vodka, and more will be on hand to fill you up and wind you down. Local business exhibitors will be on hand, as well as music from the Part-Time Heroes and “shifty” videos.

We’re sure you can dig up a dime for admission somewhere in your couch cushions. And even if you can’t make the event, consider passing up the giant chain store the next time you’re heading out for the basics. If nothing else, you’ll enjoy a smug sense of satisfaction by knowing that you’re on the front line of supporting our community. —Moira Phillips

Price: 10 cents

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