Buy. Give. Grow. - Think Local This Holiday Season

Nov 23, 2021

As another year begins to wrap up, the Economic Alliance’s holiday buy local initiative is just getting started. Buy. Give. Grow., presented by GreenState Credit Union is a program highlighting 15 selected businesses and organizations and the unique products and services they bring to our area. Through the end of the year, we ask that you consider these places to purchase a holiday gift, snag a gift card, donate to a non-profit, volunteer time and refer friends and family to follow suit. We ask that you always consider keeping your dollars local, as each dollar spent locally returns three times more to our community than buying elsewhere. Meet the featured Buy businesses from this year’s lineup!

AirFX Trampoline Park

AirFX Trampoline Park

At AirFX, kids can test their skills on cargo nets, Tarzan ropes, and floating platforms in the Ninja Warrior Zone, and adults can stretch their muscles on wall-to-wall trampolines. There are also foam pits for those ready to leap and plunge. Being a part of the Cedar Rapids community is gratifying, Goetzinger says, because people support local businesses and care about their success. Goetzinger says the Economic Alliance buy local initiatives are helping bring new patrons through the door. “I’m happy to be part of an organization that provides resources to local business owners such as myself,” he says. “Together, we’re making Cedar Rapids a better place to call home.”

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Craft’d is Downtown Cedar Rapids’ newest coffee shop. Owner Amanda Zhorne and her team offer coffee, non-coffee drinks, baked goods, and breakfast and lunch options. The cafe’s baked goods, including s’mores bars, muffins, and scones, are habit-forming and taste great with a hot cup of joe. Zhorne runs the café with help from her family, which includes her three sons, all of whom were adopted from foster care. “I love creating things that we can do together as a family, things that unite us and give us all an opportunity to grow,” she says. “For me, running Craft’d is another family activity, one that solidifies our bond.”

Learn more about Craft’d at:

Hands in Harmony Massage Specialists & Spa

Hands in Harmony

Life can be stressful. There’s always a to-do list to tackle, right? But let’s be honest, prolonged stress is unhealthy. At Hands in Harmony in Cedar Rapids, you can receive the therapeutic massage and bodywork you need to finally relax, revitalize, and rejuvenate. Hands in Harmony is celebrating its 15 years in business in 2021. “Cedar Rapids has a diversified business community that provides a stable economic base for small businesses to thrive,” says Dimmer. “The sense of community is amazing and really infuses small businesses with support.”

Learn more about Hands in Harmony at:

Newport's Flowers by Roots in Bloom

Newport’s Flowers by Roots in Bloom

Newport’s Flowers has a long history in Cedar Rapids. Grant Newport started the business as a family-run flower farm in 1898, nearly 125 years ago. “A gift of flowers engages all senses and it warms the heart knowing that the blooms were chosen specifically for you,” she says. “The same goes for flowers in the home--they bring a sense of joy each time you see them. I feel that especially after the past couple of years, we are more attuned to the simple joys of life.”

Learn more about Newport’s Flowers by Roots at:

Farm to Health Organics

Farm to Health Organics

At Farm to Health Organics, growing organic hemp to create high-quality products is a family affair. Owner Alissa Gardner grows her hemp crops on a heritage farm in Rowley, Iowa, that has been in her husband’s family for more than 150 years, a fact she’s proud to tout when promoting her hemp oils and soft gels. “It’s important that people have a local option for hemp products that they know and trust,” she says. “Our organic hemp goes through a seven-step process to ensure the highest level of efficacy and we take great care in creating all of our products.”

Learn more about Farm to Health Organics at:


Don’t forget Small Business Saturday this holiday season. Every year, holiday shoppers are encouraged to support small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Of course, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance would like you to support small businesses every day of the year, but we hope you’ll make an extra effort to visit our local small businesses on Saturday, November 27th, to do some holiday shopping. More information on Small Business Saturday can be found here:

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