Over the weekend, some member businesses from around the community got a jump start on offering holiday specials. The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Shop GNV 2012 event took place from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18 where 24 participating retailers offered discounts on their merchandise before the mad rush of Black Friday. Retailers included Arabesque Dance & Active Wear, Avant Garde Salon, Bath Fitter, Belk, Central Florida Office Plus, Corks & Colors Studio, Edible Arrangements, Elegant Office, Gainesville CoWork, Gainesville Ecotours, Gainesville Lawnscaping, Ilene’s For Fashion, Logokick.com, Mattress Firm, New Scooters 4 Less, On-Site TM, Photography 35, Pinner’s Fine Shoes, Prange’s Florist, Spa Royale, Staunch Systems, Team Synergy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, Thornebrook Chocolates, and Thornebrook Gallery. Previously known as Black Thursday, Shop GNV provided excellent exposure to local businesses in Gainesville and gave consumers the chance to complete their holiday shopping early.
During the event, Shop GNV was promoted by local media outlets including WCJB-TV20 (http://www.wcjb.com/local-news/2012/11/buy-local-gainesville-chamber-commerce), the Gainesville Sun (http://www.gainesville.com/article/20121114/articles/121119800), INsite Magazine (http://www.insitegainesville.com/blog/2012/11/shop-gnv-2012-kicks-off-tomorrow/), and The Business Report of North Central Florida (http://gainesvillebizreport.com/newsite/shop-til-you-drop-starting-thursday-with-shop-gnv/). Meanwhile, Shop GNV also received extensive exposure through our social media outlets and with the help of the business community. We thank all of the media and business community for taking part in helping to promote our event and supporting local shops in town.
Didn’t have a chance to take part in Shop GNV 2012? Shopping locally can take place during the whole year! The Chamber encourages everyone to give back to the community by purchasing from stores in town. Whether you choose to eat at local restaurants or purchase merchandise from corporate retailers with locations in Gainesville, giving back to the community is key to helping our business community thrive. Visit the business directory (INSERT LINK) to review a full listing of member businesses in the community.