MercerMe ad space gifted to local business

MercerMe recently shared about the “Buy Nothing” local group and then got into the giving spirit! Buy Nothing is a new way to think about the world — rather than another place to ask for and receive freebies on Facebook, it’s a gift economy. People give and receive free items to other area residents with generosity and abundance — “Give where you live!” To read more see Buy Nothing and get community in Hopewell Valley, MercerMe joins in.

In the Buy Nothing spirit, MercerMe’s publisher gifted three months of advertising to a local business and accepted nominations from the group. As volunteers and local residents, MercerMe’s team knows how important our local businesses are to this community. (Please note that members of Buy Nothing must be individuals and may not promote a business nor solicit recommendations.)

After receiving numerous nominations by direct email, the recipient of three complementary months of MercerMe advertising is PALS on Main, a not-for-profit shop in Pennington Borough. Other top-nominated businesses include Union Line Garage, Painter’s Loft, The Pig + The Pit / Tipple + Rose, and the Pennington Apothecary.

Deb Kallen from PALS, said that the shop is a great place to find gifts you feel good about giving: “Along with some great retail items supporting worthy causes around the globe, our gift shop stocks a unique selection of handmade items, some of which are created right there in our workshop by our very own enthusiastic participants.

“We at ‘POM’ take great joy in guiding our growing community of differently-abled adults through diverse and creative projects that promote dignity and a sense of accomplishment,” Kallan explained. “Additionally, the inclusion of a retail space alongside our workshop allows us to provide other augmented services such as job sampling, job training, and community interaction. And because this project is not-for-profit, all of the proceeds from sales come right back to our budget so we can continue to provide creative and enriching experiences to all of our people.” 

Check out MercerMe’s coverage from 2019 of PALS on Main’s grand opening: Love and inspiration bring a new gift store to Pennington

Kallen said: “We are so excited to be included in this since we have been trying hard to get the word out about our new venture here in Pennington.”

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.

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