Did you know that the “Shop Lakewood” message that shopping locally helps the Lakewood community has its own Facebook page? Go to www.shoplakewood.org and you’ll be automatically directed to the page. “Liking” the page enables subscribers to find deals, coupons, and business news and events.
“The goal of Shop Lakewood is to connect Lakewood residents with local businesses,” said Lakewood Assistant to the City Manager Paolo Beltran. “Our merchants can share with the community, and residents can easily share with one another on home computers, tablets and smartphones.
The page is updated multiple times per day, and there are several coupons on the site, as well as other promotions from local businesses…and the number grows all the time. There are now over 1,000 "likes" of the site.
The city and the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce’s combined efforts to promote “shopping local” is working. “According to the most recent public opinion survey in Lakewood, 80% of respondents have heard of the Shop Lakewood…Stay Lakewood Loyal program, and 60% of respondents said that the message persuaded them to shop in Lakewood when they otherwise would have gone elsewhere,” Beltran added.
"We want the community to know that there’s great value shopping right here in their backyard. You don’t have to leave Lakewood to find some of Consumer Reports’ top retailers, get a deal and good service," says chamber president and CEO Jose L. Solache.
“It’s the customer’s choice,” says Solache. “They can pick a big-box retailer like Costco Wholesale at Lakewood Center, Sprouts Farmers Market at Carson Street and Woodruff Avenue or any number of small businesses throughout Lakewood.”
Solache wants Lakewood residents to remember that every purchase made at a Lakewood business, restaurant, gas station or movie theater comes back home as sales tax dollars to pay for Sheriff's patrols, parks, road repaving and youth programs. Solache adds, “Putting your money where your house is directly impacts your community in a good way.”
Local businesses that may be interested in knowing more about the Shop Lakewood, Stay Lakewood Loyal program can contact the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce at (562) 531-9733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.