Local businesses that are independently owned are being recognized at a Shop Bellevue event.
The event is part of Bellevue Renaissance's monthly first Friday event. The first one begins on Friday, July 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. along the 200 to 700 block of historic Fairfield Avenue.
The event offers dining, gallery openings, shopping, open house receptions, and special promotions provided by the independently owned businesses.
The main reason for the event is to help add to the local economy. Business owners say that spending $100 at a local business means that $68 of that will go back into the economy. They say that the same $100 spent at a nation chain returns $43 to the economy.
People can also qualify to win the gift basket located in the window of Cleves and Lonnemann Jewelers.
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