The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has begun a campaign to encourage community members to shop and dine locally.

The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has begun a campaign to encourage community members to shop and dine locally.

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Lakes Area chamber launches shopping and dining campaign

‘Local restaurants are open for business, with safety precautions in place’

By: Mark Vest | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published February 4, 2021

The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has launched the Love the Lakes Shop and Dine Local Campaign in an effort to support nearby businesses.

Residents can expect to see “Love the Lakes” signs in front of businesses in the near future, with the signs created by the Firebolt Group in Wixom.

“Stepping in to produce and donate signs to the Lakes Area Chamber for their shop local campaign was a natural fit,” Firebolt Group CEO Philip Ochtman stated in a press release. “Not only do we have the technology at our disposal to create the signs, we love any opportunity to support our local community. The chamber works tirelessly to foster a thriving business environment that we all enjoy, and we are honored to help support that mission in any way that we can.”

According to a press release from the chamber of commerce, shopping locally equates to over 50% of the money spent staying within the community.

Other advantages include the creation of jobs at a local level and helping the environment via less packaging, as well as using less fuel for transportation.

“The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce continues to support our local businesses and organizations, and this campaign helps reinforce the positive impact that shopping and dining locally has within our communities,” said chamber Executive Director Laura Bolyard.

Perhaps more so than any type of business, dining establishments can use a boost, and the LACC provided a reminder that “local restaurants are open for business, with safety precautions in place, as of Feb. 1, so you can either dine-in or take-out the food that you order.”

LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Walled Lake is one of the supporters of the LACC’s initiative.

According to LaFontaine Automotive Group VP Kelley LaFontaine, the group is “ingrained in our local communities and looking at opportunities to strengthen our relationship with residents and business owners alike.”

“Kudos to the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce for looking at innovative ways to engage and support our community,” LaFontaine stated.

LaFontaine has offered to pay for 75 lunches to be given away to members of the Lakes Area Chamber on a first-come basis. The SideCar Slider Bar in Commerce Township, Wixom Station in Wixom, and Haang’s Bistro in Walled Lake will each provide 25 of those lunches on specific days in February, March and April, respectively. Chamber members are asked to register for their free lunch online at lakesareachamber.com.

For shopping and dining ideas in the Lakes area, visit lakesareachamber.com and access the digital edition of the chamber’s Community Resource & Buyer’s Guide.