With just two days before the Community Expo, it seems fitting to switch gears and check in with Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce CEO Laura Petrella.
Speaking of the Saturday's Community Expo, be sure to stop by the Beacon Journal booth to say hello during the event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Natatorium.
Petralla shared her thoughts on local business and it's importance in the community.
Take a look what Petrella has to say about local business:
Q: Note the importance of shopping local in a community like Cuyahoga Falls?
A: By shopping local in Cuyahoga Falls this helps to support the business and jobs. Most of the locally owned shops in Cuyahoga Falls are also operated by the owner who has made a commitment to stay and to give back to Cuyahoga Falls. Local businesses tend to shop at other local businesses, which helps keep the community thriving.
We as a Chamber of Commerce started a Cash Mob in 2012 that is continuing into 2013. This mission of the Cash Mob is to help support our locally owned Chamber Member businesses. We gather on a set day after work at the Chamber parking lot and then as a group go to 2 different locally owned Chamber Member businesses. (They are aware we are coming but it is a surprise to the attendees, which makes this exciting and fun!) We try to go to retail outlet and a restaurant/tavern in the same day. We ask everyone to spend at least $10.
For more information visit http://cfchamber.com/event/february-27-2013-cash-mob/
Q: What is the best-kept secret in the Falls?
A: The antique, art, specialty shops and restaurants that are locally owned in downtown at Falls River Square and on Portage Trail. There’s free parking available in three city-owned parking decks. You could spend an afternoon shopping and eating in such a neat area that runs along the Cuyahoga River with a beautiful view of the historical clock tower.
Also the view at night from the balcony of the Pavilion at Falls River Square when there is a festival going on is spectacular!