CAEDC -- in partnership with Cumberland County and the four area Chambers of Commerce -- continues to spotlight the importance of our local shops to the economic strength of our community.

#CVShops highlights Cumberland Valley's diverse assortment of boutiques, specialty gift shops, galleries, and more. Your shopping journey will take you to more than 200 locations, where you'll discover a treasure trove of unique and local items. Seek out a new shop or return to an old favorite. Either way, you will find exactly what you need -- combined with great customer service and Cumberland Valley’s hometown friendliness.

These mom-and-pop shops were severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to focus on economic recovery in 2021. Now is the time to rally to support your beloved local favorites so they will be here in the future.

Statistics reveal the following about the importance of shopping local to the community:

  1. Small businesses generate $68 of local economic return for $100 spent with them.
  2. Over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to our economy if every US family spent just $10 a month at a local business.
  3. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees account for 99.7% of all US employers.
  4. Small businesses donate 250% more than large businesses to community causes.
  5. Local business generates 70% more local economic activity per square foot than big-box retail.

(Source: www.fundera.com

Suggestions to Support Our Local Shops

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Shop in person. All COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Pennsylvania. Head back to the brick-and-mortar shops where you will be greeted by friendly and welcoming shop owners.
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Shop online. Many locations still offer shopping or curbside pickup.
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Buy a gift card.
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Like, share, and repost on social media or write a review.  Be sure to share using #CVShops.
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Sign up for a store’s e-newsletter to learn about special promotions and share the love with friends.
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If you’ve received a promotional product from one of your favorite small businesses… use it! Wear their t-shirt, use their coffee mug, or take notes with their pen! Whatever it is, you’ll get their logo in front of potential new customers. (Thanks to Konhaus Print & Marketing for this tip.)

Discover & Explore

With more than 200 local shops and boutiques in Cumberland Valley, residents and visitors will find the perfect gift or special memento. From handmade jewelry and artwork to handwoven apparel, these items will be treasured for years to come.

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