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DON’T STOP SHOPPING!

The Buycott is underway. Great turnout on Thursday. Fantastic support from the media. Even Senator Claire McCaskill joined the buycott. Read all about it here.

In the meantime, keep shopping Ferguson/Dellwood if you get the chance. And make an appointment on your calendar to shop Ferguson/Dellwood on Labor Day Weekend. Have out-of-town guests? Take them on a tour and have a meal in one of the great restaurants in the area.

Wherever you live in Greater St. Louis, the world judges your home town by what it hears. Let the world hear that Ferguson came back stronger than it went into the terrible riots of the last two weeks.

Finally, find out how you can help get a Sales Tax Holiday for Ferguson/Dellwood.

 

 

LATEST UPDATES: 20AUG14 @ 8:14AM

  1. Dress for very hot weather and hydrate.
  2. If you can’t make it today, that’s okay. See step 3.
  3. After your shopping spree, please email photos of your receipts to bill.hennessy@stlouisteaparty.com using the subject line “Ferguson Receipt.”
  4. After shopping, we’ll be heading to Fallon’s Bar & Grill in Overland.
  5. Thanks to Jamie Allman 97.1, John & Kane Show, Lisa Payne-Naeger, KMOX’s Brett Blume, and everyone else who’s helped spread the word.
  6. Please remember, this BUYcott is in the name of peace and prosperity. Smile. Those are both good things.

*****Original Post Follows*****

Thursday, August 21, 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

Dozens of Ferguson businesses have suffered damage. Not only do those businesses need healing, their customers need their services.

We can help. BUYcott Ferguson.

Just as we helped Whole Foods by BUYcotting September 1, 2009, we can help small businesses in Ferguson by BUYcotting Thursday, August 21, 5 to 6:30 pm.

Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Go to W. Florissant on Thursday between 5 and 6:30.
  2. Bring a shopping list: groceries, beer, smokes, something for the kids, whatever
  3. Look for businesses with boarded up windows and spray painted OPEN signs
  4. Shop

Why You Should Do This

Because there’s not much else you and I can do right now. Yeah, protests feel good in the moment, but they don’t really change things.

On the other hand, every store you shop will be one step closer to recovery. Every store that recovers makes life easier for residents. Every life made easier gets you one step closer to heaven. And that’s the only reason we’re here.

Please watch HennessysView.com in the coming days for more details. Pray for this mission. It’ll work.

I’d like to see 20 people join this demonstration of faith, healing, and free markets. Everything over that is gravy.

UPDATE: DETAILS

First, thanks for the great response. I’m excited.

Next, here’s the details for Thursday:

  1. The situation is fluid, and we don’t want to interfere with police OR with peaceful demonstrators. So WATCH THIS BLOG AND YOUR EMAIL on Thursday in case things change.
  2. Some stores might be low on inventory. If it looks that way, ask. We don’t want to leave local residents without stuff that we can buy somewhere else. With the traffic restrictions, Ferguson residents have a hard time getting out to distant shops.
  3. NO SIGNS OR SPEECHES. We’re not their proselytize or politic. We’re their to lead recovery, healing, faith, and free markets.
  4. MUSTER on the Sam’s Club lot, southeast corner, around 5:00 pm. If you’d like to start earlier, please don’t wait. Here’s a link to the map: Sam’s Club, 10735 W Florissant Ave Ferguson, MO 63136
5. OBEY POLICE and respect peaceful demonstrators. We have been in their shoes many times together in the past.
6. SMILE and be friendly. It’s been a hard week and a half in Ferguson, and a friendly smile will go a long way. 
7.  Listen to Jamie in the Morning at 6:10 am Wednesday for the latest updates.
8.  We’ll designate a post BUYcott meeting spot tomorrow if you’d like to get together for a little After Party. I’ll update this post.
9.  Thank you, again. You are wonderful people.
Finally, I read a story not long ago about a man who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge. He passed about 40 people as he walked to a spot on the bridge. He looked around for a few minutes as more people rushed passed. Then he jumped.
When police investigated his apartment, they found a note. Among other thoughts, the jumper wrote: “If one person smiles at me, I won’t do it.”
You never know how your friendly smile will change a life. Or save one. 
God bless you. 

 

  • E

    If people are looking for a place to eat after they shop, Ferguson Brewhouse has great food and excellent beer.

  • JAK

    There are other businesses too. Eat at Sweetie Pies on W. Florrisant, or head to Paul’s Market on Elizabeth, Drive down N./S. Florrisant for Shop-n-Save, Chinese Food, local eats, bakeries, dollar tree, etc., Ferguson also extends to New Halls Ferry and 270, where there is a Home Depot, another Shop-n-Save, Party store, UPS store, and more.
    http://livewellferguson.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/FergusonMap5-1.jpg

  • E

    Bill, I recommend going earlier in the day. My husband and I went up to do this Saturday and by 3pm it felt unsafe. I can’t make it this Thursday, but I’ll go again a different day.

    • People are welcome to go earlier. I can’t make it until closer to 5:00.

      If you have a smart phone, please take a picture of your receipts and email them to bill.hennessy@stlouisteaparty.com. We’d like to measure our impact.

      • …a…

        This will give you a self-selected subset of the purchasers, which is useful but incomplete. Recommend you also ask the store-owners for day-by-day revenue breakdowns from the week leading up to your buycott, and the week following your buycott. You can see if there is a correlation with the buying-curve of your buycott receipts (which are all datestamped and tied to particular businesses) with the revenue-curve as reported by the particular businesses.

        • Thanks for the suggestion. I’d like that level of accuracy, but I don’t want to put any additional burden on them. I’d rather have incomplete data than make them jump through hoops. Also, it’s impossible to eliminate unknown variables, meaning, a bump in sales might be the buycott–or it might be a return of peace and calm to the area. Or people running out of stuff.

  • Bill White

    I will be there a little earlier–can’t stay until 5 🙁 But this is a terrific idea!! I will support it.

    • wiliamthennessy

      Thank you, sir

  • This is a great idea. I hope those participating have the opportunity to meet in one spot, so that perhaps we can shop in small (or large) groups. Shopping will make a statement, but I would hope that the shop owners and the community of Ferguson would know what we are doing and why.

    If the news could pick up the story, maybe several hundred more will BuyCott Ferguson over time.

    Who knows? Perhaps even some local contractors will come in and donate time and materials to repair the shops. Maybe some of the suppliers to the stores will offer a one time free “stock-up” to help them recover some losses.

    Who do we know in the contracting / business sector willing to show Ferguson that there are good people in the world interested in helping?

    • wiliamthennessy

      Thanks. I am working logistics including a muster spot. Will coordinate with police and protest organizer so we don’t get in anyone’s way.

  • Dottie

    Great ideal Hennessy! My heart breaks for these dear folks. Spending our $ at these stores is a grand step in the right direction. I’m in!
    This is showing love like Dr. King said: ‘Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.’

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