CDG offers Shop Small Every Day campaign

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) is once-again offering the very popular Shop Small Every Day project throughout the holiday season.

Here’s how it works:

CDG volunteers, board members and others will be given a Shop Small Every Day T-shirt, and a $20 Community Cash gift certificate, and will then wander around Mount Vernon and Lisbon looking for someone shopping small this holiday season.

One lucky person (every Wednesday through Friday, and twice on Saturday) will receive a gift certificate and a T-shirt as a BIG thank you for shopping small. Our representatives will be out between Nov. 19 and Dec. 24 looking for people like Y – O – U who have chosen to shop small this holiday. 

Winners will be posted in the space.

Just one more benefit to shopping small in Mount and Lisbon this year!  Go us!







Diana Alger, of Mount Vernon, was caught shopping small at Mount Vernon Ace Hardware on Thursday, Nov. 19. When told that her gift certificate was not good in Cedar Rapids or Coralville, she simply said: “That’s great! I do all my shopping locally anyway!” Way to go, Diana, you are our kind of shopper!








Trude Elliott of Mount Vernon was caught shopping small at Silver Spider on Friday, Nov. 20. For her local Uptown loyalty, Trude was given a $20 gift certificate and a Shop Small T-shirt. Ya-hoo! Mount Vernon and Lisbon loves shoppers who Shop Small!








CDG Board Member Brenda Langenberg, right, poses for a photo with shop owner Tasha Erickson, left, and customer Sue Snyder, middle, of Mount Vernon. 







CDG Board Member Kate Rose ran into this nice family from Indianola, on Nov. 21, shopping locally at Hands in Harmony/Angel’s Nest. Great mom-and-pop small businesses are another great reason to study at Cornell. Thanks for shopping small! Love the purple outfit!







Kate Rose also caught John Pospisil of Mount Vernon picking up some last-minute items at Gary’s on Nov. 25, and yippee! — it turned out to be John’s lucky day. Not only did he win a $20 Community Cash gift certificate, but also a free T-shirt, and our love and appreciation for Shopping Small!  Go John!








Casey Krall found Melissa Korfist Carnes from Mount Vernon shopping small on Friday, Nov. 27, at The Local in Uptown. Because Melissa is a smart shopper she received a Shop Small Every Day T-shirt and $20 in Community Cash. You go girl! Thanks for shopping small!









CDG Board President Rich Herrmann (right) awards Denice Cardon of MV (left) with a $20 Community Cash gift certificate and a stylish Shop Small Every Day T-shirt Saturday, Dec. 5, in Lisbon, just outside of Barnyard Screenprinting. Ron Chapman of Barnyard Screenprinting looks on (middle). Thanks for shopping small, Denice.







Jan from Mount Vernon was photographed shopping at Mount Vernon Pharmacy as Sandy Weber looks on. Board Member Barb Ihde was out and about on Dec. 10, and awarded Jan with a T-shirt and $20 in Community Cash. Tis the season to Shop Small. Thanks Jan!








Jennie Zerbe and her daughter were caught shopping small Saturday, Dec. 5, in MV, at Gertie’s Goods, inside the First Street Community Center, on Saturday, Dec. 5. Jennie and her daughter received a $20 Community Cash gift certificate and a Shop Small Every Day T-shirt just for spending their money locally.  Yippee! 






Volunteer Amy Hall-Haney surprised Janet Griffith shopping at Bauman’s on Dec. 12. Not only did Janet find some terrific buys, but Amy handed her $20 dollars in Community Cash and a Shop Small Every Day T-shirt.  Thanks Janet!








Amy was out later that same day and found Jessie Thurn busy shopping small at Mount Vernon’s Right Frame of Mind. Jessie, too, was awarded a T-shirt and $20 more shop small dollars just for shopping local. Go Jessie!









Amy Hall Haney found Perry Grigsby enjoying lunch at Lisbon’s Addy’s Pub. Congratulations Perry! Your desire to eat local just won you $20 and a Shop Small T-shirt!








Tasha Clark of Stanwood was shopping at Brother’s Market in Lisbon and was spotted by CDG Board Member Barb Ihde.  Tasha returned to Stanwood later that day with some great groceries, a new T-shirt and a $20 Community Cash gift certificate good at any business in MV or L. Go Tasha!


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