Naughty or Nice News from the GBA


Greenfield Business AssociationDecember 2011
Be in the Know!
No Place Like Home
Gold Star for Brick + Mortar
Local Dollars
Warm Up January
Winter Carnival Button Promo
Hope the Holidays are Terrific
What a year! From disastrous weather events to hard economic times, these were the months that tried our resilience. 

But there were good times, too. A celebration of Greenfield's 200th anniversary as the county seat brought Franklin County together on a hot July day.  Our gatherings--a rockin' Green River Fest, an expanded Brick + Mortar International Video Art Fest, the inaugural DoubleTake theater festival--make Greenfield feel like a place people want to be. 

We hope where ever you are this holiday season, you are joyful and peaceful. See you in 2012!
Coming Up
The Greenfield Business Association is teaming up with business associations in Shelburne Falls and Montague to bring a series of workshops of interest to business owners. Subjects will include planning for disasters, increasing your web presence, improving the shopping experience in your store, and how to speak effectively in public. The first, on creating fetching window displays, will be held in Shelburne Falls on January 25 at 7:30 am. Stay tuned for more details. 
on santa's kneeThank you for Making
Home for the Holidays a Success!
With more than 1,000 people in stores downtown on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we conclude that the GBA event Home for the Holidays was a success! The Holiday Lights made a big splash, the storefronts looked beautiful, the children waited patiently (sort of) in line to see Santa, and the parking in the lots was free! Nearly 500 people voted for their favorite window display, tucking ballots into wrapped boxes (thank you, Baker Office Supply, for the wrapping paper donation!). And the 19th GBA Landmark Ornament made its debut. It's still for sale at Wilson's Department Store, Cleary Jewelers, The Country Jeweler, Raven Used Books and the Chamber of Commerce and makes a great last-minute gift!
Brick and Mortar
Brick + Mortar Wins 
State Gold Star Award 
The Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival has won a Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The award recognizes exemplary cultural programs funded by local cultural councils throughout the state. These projects celebrate diversity, foster collaboration, showcase artistic excellence, and provide learning experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds. 
The GBA and Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Brick + Mortar Committee are integral to the staging of this event and we thank the curators, artists and sponsors who have helped make it happen three years running!


Greenfield Dollars 
A Banner Season for Greenfield Dollars 
We know it pays to shop locally. Well, this year, a whole lot of folks are putting their money where their community is. Since November 1, we have sold nearly $5,500 in Greenfield Dollars, so if you are one of the 75 businesses that accept them, be ready to start redeeming them. And thank you to the People's Pint, The Recorder and the Friends of Greenfield Library for supporting this program in a big way! Greenfield Dollars are still for sale at the Chamber of Commerce offices at 395 Main Street. Come down and buy some today. 
oberon olivierReel Romances
Nothing warms up January like a Tuesday night movie for $5 at the Greenfield Garden Cinema. This year's Midwinter Movie series presents Reel Romances, a monthful of screenings of your favorite classic films about love.
The series begins January 10 at with the
must-see-it-on-the-big-screen epic Gone with the Wind and follows on the 17th with the smoldering Emily Bronte adaptation Wuthering Heights. Jimmy Stewart, Katharine Hepburn and Carry Grant shine in the zany and charming Philadelphia Story, which screens on the 24th and the series closes with Shakespeare's story of star-crossed lovers set in lower Manhattan, West Side Story, on the 31st of January.
Show times are at 6:30 pm so you can catch a quick dinner after work and head to the theater. If you buy tickets to all four movies, you save $2! Thank you to the Greenfield Garden Cinema for supporting this GBA fundraiser, now in its third year.
winter carnival button
Celebrating Greenfield's
90th Winter Carnival
Times have changed. We no longer get to slide down a 100-foot toboggan run from Poet's Seat to Beacon Field during Winter Carnival. But...the event is still as popular as ever, and this year, the GBA is teaming up with the Recreation Department to help businesses promote themselves during Winter Carnival weekend, February 3-5.
Here's how the promotion works: The Recreation Department will be selling special buttons for $5 with the Winter Carnival logo on it. Businesses can offer a discount or a free small item during the weekend to those wearing a button. There is no cost to participate. We will promote the event, giving your business recognition and driving customers to your store or restaurant. Thank you to the 17 business who have already signed on!
Save the Date
The Franklin County Home Show and Green Fair will be held on April 21 and 22 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Plan to be there for the region's premier celebration of home improvement and green living.