There’s been something of a "local economy" movement floating around lately ("make local habit" is the prominent phrase I keep seeing) and now there’s a local coupon book that is embracing that philosophy. It’s called Living Local: A Community Coupon Book for Central Oregon, and has been out since May of this year.
It’s a $20 purchase, and funds partially benefit the Waldorf School of Bend. Here’s what they say about it:
2000 copies of LIVING LOCAL were printed Spring 2009, with a distribution premiere at the Waldorf School of Bend’s May Fair Festival, May 2, 2009. Books will be available for purchase ($20, tax deductible) from many local outlets; check www.livinglocalbook.org for all locations including Camalli Book Company, VisitBend, and Tower Theatre Box Office. Participating businesses were charged NO FEES to participate in this project so that more local businesses could participate in this community-building project. Also, current LL Book vendors are not receiving any book profits. Thus, all of the project’s proceeds come directly from book sales and support the local non-profit school and support the community!
For this first edition, coupons will not expire until November 2010 so that participants may use and enjoy its offers for a full 1½ years. Printed locally on FSC paper. Future editions in coming years are expected to surpass 5000 copies. We plan to publish annually in Fall after 2010 as a perpetual income source for the school and community at large.
They’ve assembled an impressive list of local participants but to be fair, I don’t know what kind of savings the coupon book represents; some sort of preview would be nice.
Has anyone seen this book around town?