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Totally Local Blackwood Launch Event

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Blackwood's retailers give you more

Grab some bargains, freebies, specials, vouchers and more at Blackwood's Totally Locally Blackwood launch event on Saturday May 30, 2015, 9:00am - 4:00pm.

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A friendly smile meets you in Blackwood

The Blackwood Discovery Trail is an exciting new initiative of local, independent shops aiming to make people shop local - and bring new people to the area. It will be excellent fun and you'll grab some bargains to boot - look out for the blue balloons of participating retailers.

Heather Holmes-Ross from Artisan café who is heading up the Blackwood Totally Locally campaign explains: "Our aim is to get people to spend just $10 at a local retailer [excluding supermarkets] to see $10.6 million being put back into the community; instead of buying your apples at the supermarket, buy them at the local grocer instead."*

And it shouldn't be hard. Blackwood has a wide variety of shops in the area; newsagencies, gift shops, women's and teenage clothes and accessories, pet supplies, kitchen & homeware, toys, new and second hand books, jewellery, and arts & crafts. With butchers and several grocers giving us alternatives to the supermarket and other retailers providing carpets, materials, lighting, and gardening, most of your needs are pretty much covered.

Why not combine the shopping experience with other local attractions? Outdoor will lovers will enjoy Belair National Park, Wittunga Botanical gardens or Blackwood Forest Recreational Park while the Blackwood historical walk will give an insight into Blackwood's roots. Grab the bikes and treat the kids to a ride on the BMX track before taking a coffee at Joan's Pantry.

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The Totally Locally campaign is run voluntarily by local businesses. Heather read about the Totally Locally campaign and thought it would be 'a nice thing to do' for Blackwood. "I thought it would work here because we have good community spirit," she said. "Since we started promoting the campaign, feedback from the community has been really good."

"More businesses are coming on board and we're hoping to introduce more initiatives in the future," said Heather.


Originally a UK campaign, Totally Locally is now international. As well as Blackwood, Kapunda and Western Fleurieu have adopted the campaign and more Australian smaller towns are set to follow suit.

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Blackwood's retailers do have competitive prices, and some goods are actually cheaper in Blackwood. Furthermore, here you'll frequently find unique and unusual goods not found in larger commercial outlets.

Look for the blue Totally Locally sticker on the door for participating retailers and to find out all the updates, visit:
Twitter @TL_Blackwood

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Why? Grab a bargain and keep local businesses flourishing
When: Saturday 30 May 2015
Where: Blackwood
Cost: Free
Your Comment
What a good idea! Blackwood always has been a community place.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 2338 days ago
You're right David, Blackwood has a tremendous amount of community spirit.
by Annie Waddington-Feather (score: 2|186) 2337 days ago
Unfortunately no, I didn't hear the broadcast - but glad to hear the event's getting more publicity!
by Annie Waddington-Feather (score: 2|186) 2335 days ago
Did you hear us last night on community radio CoastFM?
by chapp (score: 0|4) 2335 days ago
Great initiative - good luck. Just one thing - a map of Hungary appeared - just as well l know where Blackwood is.
by jenni (score: 0|2) 2334 days ago
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