Reporter: Ashley Singh
Danville, VA - Think of three of your favorite local shops in the area. What would you do if they disappeared? The 3/50 Project is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness get residents shopping locally.
Dave Slayton, with the Longwood Small Business Development Center, says if locals will get on board, this campaign could make a huge difference.
"Each month take $50 of your budget, and spread that 50 among those three businesses," said Slayton. "For every $100 that's spent in a local business, about $68 stays in the community."
Melissa Charles, owner of Invitation Destination, has seen too many stores close their doors. She says people often have misconceptions about local shops.
"It's sad, it's definitely sad because they're just like me. They're risking their personal assets, they're putting all of their time and effort and that of their families as well on the line for their business," said Charles. "People assume that it's either too expensive or that we don't have what they're looking for, when in fact we're willing to work with them."
Business owner, Sylvia Josey, is trying to get the word out too. She's printing flyers and posting them around her consignment shop, Your Stuff, Kids' Stuff.
"Just spend $50 a month in Danville that our economy would be so much better here," said Josey.
She says, then maybe all of the vacant stores in the area, could be filled with interesting little shops.
If you'd like to learn more about the 3/50 project, go to http://www.the350project.net.