I’ve written quite a few articles featuring my friends at SyracuseFirst and the important mission of this local organization. If you don’t already know what they do, you should. Essentially SyracuseFirst does all it can to promote cultural, economic, and other related growth of the LOCAL variety. That means truly locally-owned, independent businesses and other organizations. SyracuseFirst operations run the gamut of promotional methods; hosting excellent events, educating the public about buying local, and much more. One of my favorites and a very important event they throw is the Local Thirst and it’s coming up on Tuesday, February 19th at 5:30 p.m.
This Local Thirst is a little different and instead of being hosted at a coffee shop, bar, or similar space this one’s at the newly-renovated, historic Landmark Theatre. I think that’s a perfect venue that will allow for more people to come and more networking to happen. The main goal is to connect interested locals with the SyracuseFirst mission. It’s one of the primary ways I got to know my friends Chris Fowler and Jamie White, Executive Director and Director of Development, respectively. I highly recommend you come out, do some networking, and enjoy some drinks as you tour the new facility.
This is the kickoff event for the 2013 Local Thirst Series and at the very least, it beats the hell out of some random happy hour. This event gives you a sense of what buying local is about while actually supporting the venue that hosts it. The first one I ever went to was at the former Cafe Kubal in 601 Tully. A small group of locals gathered to talk about Syracuse’s potential and other related things, along with short talks on topics like exporting (David Reed) and more. I had my first cup of Cafe Kubal coffee, met owner Matt Godard, and a few others I now consider friends. This seems like such a long time ago thinking back and for me it was a major turning point. It made me realize that Guru had a place in this city and that their were actually other forward-thinking people with a passion for Syracuse out there. For that reason, I sort of have to insist that you go–hey maybe it will cause an epiphany like it did for me.
As I said, there will be alcoholic beverages for those of age and there will also be a full tour, which is something you just can’t normally do at The Landmark unless you break and enter.
RSVP at Facebook Event Page (not required) – looks like 37 really cool locals (including me–I’m cool right?) are already signed up.
SyracuseFirst’s Local Thirst 2013: Landmark Theatre
Tuesday, February 19th at 5:30 p.m.
The Landmark Theatre
362 South Salina Street (Directions)
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