Top 10 Reasons Why Main and Me Supports Local Independent Business Better Than Pinterest

Many merchants and Main Street associations are adding Pinterest to their growing list of social media must-dos. We think this is right and encourage businesses to take advantage of every channel they can to find new customers, but we also want you to know that we consciously designed Main and Me to support local independent … Continue reading

Why We Love The 3/50 Project at Main and Me

Congratulations 3/50 on 90,000 likes. 90,000!!?? A testament to your vision and the authenticity of your message. We are big supporters of the The 3/50 Project here at Main and Me. Such a simple idea, and so very wise about creating an actionable concept (3…50…) which captures the imagination and changes what seems abstract and … Continue reading

Another Reason For Local Merchants To Hate The Internet

If you are a local, independent retailer, you may be forgiven for experiencing palpitations when Amazon announced it’s Price Check app last year. To paraphrase their press release at the time: “We’ll give you $5 if you use our price-scanning app in brick-and-mortar stores this Black Friday weekend.” As described in a Dec. 7th, 2011 … Continue reading

Neighborhood Businesses Need Discovery First, Ecommerce (A Distant) Second

At Main and Me, our mission is to level the playing field on which Main Street competes with malls, big box stores and online retail giants. As it happens, the Main Street retailers we talk to are concerned about two things: 1) how internet shopping adversely impacts their business, and 2) what in the world … Continue reading

How Shopping Locally Saves The Last Minute Shopper In All Of Us

Once upon a time there was a (husband/father/boyfriend/son) who wasn’t very good at giving (Valentine’s Day/Birthday/Anniversary/Christmas/Mother’s Day/Graduation) gifts. So he tended to either not give anything at all (downplaying the importance of “silly” holidays), or to buy some terrible gift at the last minute that his (wife/girlfriend/mother) really didn’t want, often making her more upset. … Continue reading