Last Sunday the Chamber threw its annual Holiday Party, “It’s A Wonderful Life in Lafayette. We turn the twinkle lights on (Thanks to the generosity of Dana Green and Branagh Development) and celebrate the beginning of the Holiday “Shopping” season. We’ve heard dozens of stories of residents who told us they have decided to patronize local merchants rather than making purchases online or going out of town. Thank you, Lafayette!
We wanted to take this opportunity to remind residents why it makes sense to “TRY LAFAYETTE FIRST!”:
- Local businesses re-circulate money in our community because local merchants patronize other local merchants, creating a stronger tax base for local public services.
- Local businesses are the largest employer nationwide, hiring primarily local residents including high schoolers and seniors.
- Local business owners often live in our community and are invested in the community’s future.
- Local merchants provide better customer service and have a higher level of expertise about their products and services.
- Local shopping requires less transportation. Because Lafayette merchants are right here in town, residents save on gas and reduce their carbon footprint.
- Local businesses provide the distinctive character and culture our community enjoys, and successful local businesses attract more of the same.
- Local businesses support local non-profits.
Hanukkah or Christmas, we’ve got ideas right here in our downtown. No shipping charges. No packages sitting on the porch.
For her: CG Designs, GemLust, Harper Greer, J. McLaughlin, Lemon, Luck, Nisan Design, Solano Jewelers, Venture, Ware Designs, and Zahra Boutique Salon.
For him: Solano Jewelers, Venture and Ware Designs.
For kids: Bel & Bunna’s Books, Lamorinda Music, Learning Express Toys, Myara, Sharp Bicycle and Zoonie’s Candy, Toy and Gelato.
Stocking stuffers: Art and Science of Eyewear, Clocks, Etc, Diablo Foods, Indigo & Poppy, Lemon, Lafayette Car Wash and Venture.
For the home: Clocks Etc, Diablo Foods, Douglah Designs, Farmyard Darlings, Floral Arts, Luxe Home by Douglah Designs, Indigo & Poppy, Misto Lino and Orchard Nursery/Lazy K.
For pets: Camp Bow Wow, K-9 Kitchen, The Tail Haven Hotel & Day Lounge and Waiterock Kennels.
Restaurant gift certificates: 360 Gourmet Burritos, Amarin Thai, Barranco, Batch & Brine, Bistro Burger, Coffee Shop, Coop 32, El Charro, El Jarro, Great Wall, Lavash, Locanda Positano, Mangia, Metro, Millie’s, Oyama Sushi, Papillion, Patxi’s Pizza, Peet’s, Pizza Antica, Postino, Rancho Cantina, REVE, Roam Burgers, Round Table, Sideboard, Social Bird, Susie Cake’s, The Hideout Kitchen, Tutu’s, Urban Remedy, Vitality Bowls and Zoonie’s.
Salon gift certificates: 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon, ash., Bobbie Freitas, Caroline’s Hair Salon and Blow Dry Bar, Glisten and Glow Skincare, Hair by Dallas and Co, Lafayette Beauty, Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa, Lamorinda Nails, Lashify, Microhair Aesthetics, Nice Lash & Brows, RAEnbow Lash & Beauty, RnR Barbers, Sanctuaire Spa, SHARP Barber Shop, Shear Perfection Hair Salon LLC, Snippity Chix For Hair, Tex Martin, Victoria’s Hair Studio and Zahra Boutique Salon.
Shopping at the ClockTower Building and the Merchantile Building? Read the Top 5 Lafayette Parking Hacks from Venture Quality Goods!
- Use Venture’s FREE Valet parking behind the ClockTower building. Venture will pay for the valet so you don’t have to! Just tell Venture’s valet, Zack, that you’re a Venture customer. This is a real luxury, to drive up and drop the keys then have coffee or lunch with family before shopping at Venture.
- Park for FREE under the Mercantile Building (entrance near Misto Lino) on the weekends. This is free public parking that the City of Lafayette negotiated with the property owners when the development was approved. Use it!
- Park for free in the Bank of The West parking lot after 5:00 all days, and all day Sunday. The bank Manager assured us that they do not monitor the parking lot when the bank is not open.
- Lafayette Circle has free 2 hour parking just south of Misto Lino. It’s a great way to avoid having to feed the meters.
- Use Venture’s Meter Money while shopping at Venture! Out of change for the meter? Tell Venture which car is yours and they will run out to feed that meter for you.
Thank you, Venture Quality Goods, for the tips!
Just a reminder that the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce remains a great community resource for businesses and residents alike. Need information about local schools, a recommendation on a good photographer or where to frame your art? How about the best fitness centers and yoga studios? Need a place to hold a meeting? We have it all here. We are the folks that put on the annual Art & Wine Festival and the Reservoir Run. We provide networking opportunities and help promote a strong local economy. We advocate for local businesses and provide funds for many local community non-profits and schools. We are here for you! The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is located at 251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150 and can be reached at 925-284-7404.
SHOPPING LOCAL MATTERS! Drop in and say hello to your local merchants. They will be glad to see you.