If you’ve been following “The Bulls of Durham” living history book project on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or here on TheBullsOfDurham.com you know there is a gigantic love of bull puns and all things bull related.
UnBULLieveaBULL – a bull double hitter
The list goes on to unfathomaBULL lengths.
One of the first bulls that I noticed happened to also be part bull pun. I saw this bull as I entered Bull Street Gourmet and Market and again when I went to the Regulator Bookshop to pick up more Durham history books for this project. The yellow sticker on store entries stood out from the herd of other stickers until I finally opted to look into it. I’m speaking of the Sustain-a-BULL.
Sustain-a-BULL is a 501 (c)(6) non profit independent business alliance associated with the American Independent Business Alliance, a national nonprofit that helps support shop local initiatives and pro-local business groups. Sustain-a-BULL was started in 2010 by the family behind the local treasure, the Regulator Bookshop. An independent business alliance helps promote and support local business to help them with sustainable success.
The Regulator came together with 25 other retail businesses for the first annual Shop Independent Durham Week. Over the next 7 years Sustain-a-BULL expanded to include businesses of all types - retail, service, restaurants, food, business-to-business, the list goes on. These days Sustain-a-BULL is boasting over 200 members who are all locally owned, independent Bull City businesses.
Members pay $100 annually and receive listing on SustainaBULL.net, periodic networking events, workshops and other programs to support the growth and sustainability of local businesses. The program has 2 annual flagship events – a Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt every July and Shop Independent Durham Week that begins every year the day after Thanksgiving. This year Sustain-a-BULL has added an incrediBULLy exciting new Instagram contest called #30DaysOfShopIndieDurham Giveaway. Full details on both this year’s Shop Independent Durham Week and #30DaysOfShopIndieDurham will follow below in the Sustain-a-BULL press release.
One of the best ways for a community to thrive is to shop and eat local as possiBULL, whenever possiBULL. When you shop your local businesses you’re supporting your neighbors, your community, your city and your county. If you’ve been in or by Sustain-a-BULL member Not Just Paper’s store on West Main Street, you’ve seen a sign that compares how much of your money stays local when you shop local compared to when you shop online. It’s staggering. Next time you need office, school or party supplies, stop by Not Just Paper and see for yourself.
Amy and her father Tom Campbell get that. Tom has successfully ran the Durham staple, The Regulator Bookshop on 9th Street, for over 40 years. The store’s website RegulatorBookshop.com shares on their homepage that 45% of the money you spend on their site stays local while none of the money you spend on Amazon.com stays in your community. All that and they offer competitive pricing of 20% off New York Times bestsellers and 10% off on all other non-academic, non-technical titles. If you choose to pick it up your order in store, there’s no shipping and handling. Which gives you the option to take the money you saved on shipping and treat yo’self to something at one of the many Sustain A BULL stores on 9th Street.
Recently Sustain-a-BULL added brought Casey Horvitz on board as Administrative Coordinator. Casey will be continuing Sustain-a-BULL's good work and revamping their website to make it even better. For local businesses looking to become part of the success herd at Sustain-a-BULL, reach out via at SustainaBULL.net/join.
We’ll dive into Amy and Tom’s incrediBULL interview another day, but for now I leave you with the Sustain A BULL press release that divulges all the unBULLievaBULL details of this year’s Shop Independent Durham Week and the NEW Instagram contest #30DaysOfShopIndieDurham. Be forewarned, my feels are still hurting from not winning the #LoveDURM contest held by The Museum of Durham History in February, so I may very well be your stiffest competition.
SUSTAIN-A-BULL PRESENTS 8TH ANNUAL SHOP INDEPENDENT DURHAM WEEK & #30DAYSOFINDIEDURHAM GIVEAWAY
Helping Shoppers Keep Their Dough In Durham This Holiday Season with Discount, Promotions, and Prizes!
Durham, NC – This holiday season, Sustain-a-Bull wants you to keep your dough in Durham. Local businesses all over town are teaming up to make it easy for customers to buy locally this holiday season during Sustain-a-Bull’s 8th annual Shop Independent Durham Week. Kicking off on Small Business Saturday (November 25th, 2017) and running for 8 days through Sunday, December 3rd, Shop Independent Durham Week will include discounts, promotions, and special events at dozens of Sustain-a-Bull Member Businesses.
From local food to clothing, beer, jewelry, and gifts – you can find something for everyone on your list during Shop Independent Durham Week. Plus, when you shop locally three times more of your money stays local, so you can give a gift to your community while you shop!
And, new this year, Sustain-a-Bull will be giving away one prize from a local business every day from November 25th through Christmas Eve in the #30DaysofIndieDurham Giveaway!
To enter, take a picture of yourself shopping at a locally owned Durham business, post it to Instagram using #30DaysofIndieDurham, and include the name of the business where you're shopping in the photo's description (no purchase necessary). From November 25th-December 24th, one lucky winner will be chosen per day from the photos that have been submitted to date. You can enter as many times as you'd like, but you can only win once.
For more information about Shop Independent Durham Week and the #30DaysofIndieDurham Giveaway visit www.sustainabull.net or check out Sustain-a-Bull’s Facebook page.
Help make "The Bulls of Durham" living history book a printed reality in your hands on Durham's 150th anniversary, April 10th, 2019 and get all sorts of incrediBULL goodness at The Bulls of Durham SHOP including, but not limited to the famed Bull Love Mug.
Click HERE to go to The Bulls of Durham shop.
For individuals and entities wishing to boost their bottom line and our community, reach out to TheBullsOfDurham@gmail.com to discuss sponsorship and other funding opportunities.
Sheila Amir is a health & nutrition writer who fell in love with Durham, North Carolina and starting writing a book about it.