Kent businesses encourage customers to “Find It In Kent,” a new ‘shop local' campaign

Local consumers are urged to “Find It In Kent,” as part of a just-launched campaign to remind them about the benefits of spending locally.

  • BY Wire Service
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2009 2:40pm
  • Business

Local consumers are urged to “Find It In Kent,” as part of a just-launched campaign to remind them about the benefits of spending locally.

Development of the campaign was a team effort by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, Kent Station, the City of Kent, Kent News and the Kent Downtown Partnership.

The theme of “Find It in Kent – We Have What You Want” will be featured at local businesses in the form of flyers, window decals, and inserts in shopping bags. The Kent News will also have ads featuring the central theme.

As well as being urged to spend locally, shoppers are encouraged to visit site. There, they can enter comments and impressions about shopping in Kent, the “it” they found, and be entered to win prizes such as Kent Station gift card, Kent News movie package, a Kent Chamber gift, and a KDP gift certificate.

A downtown rally to promote the campaign is scheduled from 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 13. Campaign promoters will have signs to wave and display, starting from the corner of James and Central and dispersing from there. At 7 p.m., all the rally participants will gather at the ShoWare Event Center to attract the attention of people attending the Thunderbirds Hockey game.

The partners of the shop local campaign will have decals and posters available for local businesses wishing to participate. “We want to remind shoppers just how important it is that they look locally for whatever ‘it’ is their heart desires,” Smith of the KDP said.

The benefits of local spending outlined in the Kent campaign include: Spending locally invests in our future, supports our schools, maintains our parks, fixes our roads, sustains and creates local jobs. “This is a solid way to support your local community,” Keikkala of Kent Chamber said.

Kent businesses and community members are encouraged to use the materials produced and to join the rally on the evening of October 13. For more information or materials, contact any of the following:

Kent Chamber – Andrea Keikkala,, 253-854-1770

Kent Station – John Hinds,, 253-856-2301 x 100

Kent Downtown Partnership – Barbara Smith,, 253-813-6976

Kent News – Polly Shepherd,, 253-872-6600

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