Contact: Amy Vergillo, Communications Director

Phone: (360) 647-7093 x105





BELLINGHAM, WA, November 13, 2023 – As the holiday season unfolds, Sustainable Connections proudly introduces a variety of innovative ways for consumers to support and celebrate local businesses. This comprehensive approach encompasses Think Local First Gift Cards, a Think Local First Passport, Community Calendar, and the Think Local First Friday Makers Market.

Think Local First Gift Cards: This holiday season, give the gift of choice with Think Local First Gift Cards. These versatile cards can be used at over 270 local businesses in Whatcom County, allowing recipients to explore and support the unique offerings within their community. By choosing Think Local First Gift Cards, consumers not only share the joy of gift-giving but also contribute to the vitality of local businesses.

Think Local First Passports: Embark on a local adventure with Think Local First Passports. These passports encourage consumers to explore a curated selection of retailers. By checking in on the digital passport, participants have the chance to earn points and win prizes while supporting a variety of local establishments.

Community Calendar: Stay informed and engaged with the Think Local First Community Calendar. This interactive tool keeps consumers updated on local events, promotions, and activities hosted by participating businesses. From pop-up markets to community initiatives, the calendar serves as a hub for connecting with the vibrant local scene throughout the holiday season.

Think Local First Friday Makers Market: Experience the magic of the holiday season at the Think Local First Friday Makers Market. Taking place December 1st, this market showcases the talents of local artisans and makers. By attending, consumers can discover unique, handmade gifts while directly supporting the creative entrepreneurs who make our communities thrive.

Sustainable Connections invites consumers to explore these exciting avenues of support for local businesses. By choosing Think Local First Gift Cards and Passports, discovering events with the Community Calendar, and attending the Think Local First Friday Makers Market, shoppers can make a meaningful impact on their community while enjoying a festive and sustainable holiday season.

Investing in the local economy builds a vibrant and thriving community, supporting the small business owners who make this place such a special home to so many. To learn more about these initiatives and discover the diverse ways to support local businesses, visit


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