DO YOU EVEN YELP, BRAH? by Will Ashton

"... THE MOST DARING THING IS TO CREATE STABLE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH THE TERRIBLE DISEASE OF LONELINESS CAN BE CURED."  -K. VONNEGUT

It starts with an act of kindness... "Can you jump my car?". A question that many of us love to avoid, especially since the thermometer hasn't even hinted at a ray of sunshine. 

Without hesitation, the owner of Gallery K left the opening of an important event, with important people,  to help a neighbor he'd never met. An act which encapsulated the essence of the YELP LOUISVILLE'S:  A BOUNTIFUL BUY LOCAL  THANK YOU 2015!  A coordinated event put on by Louisville Independent Business Alliance & Yelp! Today was dedicated to thanking the local businesses of Louisville for their continued support and dedication.

If you were among the crowd, then you had additional incentives to participate. Free,vegetarian Migas Tacos and Butchertown Blend coffee. Dessert you ask? Pumpkin spiced, chocolate chip muffins! Provided by Madeline of FOND GROCERY (2520 Frankfort Ave), which thankfully brought a piece of her store with her!  Katy O'Toole accompanied with her with plastic bags and paint. Bringing to life a blank canvas, showing once again why her premier sold out. 

Participants sat around tables, writing thank you letters to their favorite local business.  You could hand write your post card, or use an old fashioned Sears type writer (white out not included). 

We also had the opportunity to write on a chalk board why we choose local. As always, I want to change my answer after I had given a defacto "Community <3".

You buy local because a community can become stable. . .

You buy local to have your city be the product of your community. . . 

You buy local, because when your car breaks down, the owner forgets their business, and helps a friend.