"The BALLE, that movement is really about creating a sustainable local economy, and there's a lot more to that than just food," Beam said. "There's definitely increased awareness, but businesses themselves are trying to align themselves more and show they are locally owned and independent."
One business that has been at several previous bashes is Aunt Katie's Attic, a Scotia store specializing in vintage merchandise, especially kitchenware. Owner Kate Halasz finds interesting and useful items locally, be they from markets, auctions or friends, spruces them up and resells them.
Her business is at its heart a local affair.
"We save things from the trash, and we help our local businesses out," she said. "It's nice to have a shop that thinks about people who live locally and work locally, and takes into consideration their income and the economy."
Halasz said she makes it a point to shop local herself, and has space in her shop for art and other wares from local sellers. The Buy Local Bash is a great way to make these local connections, she said, especially when local businesses can be drowned out by the larger market.
"It was an excellent networking tool," she said. "I met a lot of really great people locally, and I've kept in touch with them since then."
Capital District Local First can be found on the Web at www.capitaldistrictlocalfirst.org. The group has about 150 members and covers the four counties of the Capital District.
The Buy Local Bash will be held Oct. 29, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Troy Atrium on River Street in Troy. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door. Vendor space is $25 for members, and complimentary with a new membership.