Along with JT from BlogStamford, I checked out the latest event in the Reinventing Stamford series Monday night at the Marriott.
It was less structured than the previous event I attended, since it was shared between DSSD and Reinventing Stamford. The DSSD portion was basically a roast of Mayor Malloy, but without the jokes. Or any actual, you know, roasting. It was a retrospective on his relationship with DSSD, covering the progress made downtown since he took office in 1995. The Mayor then gave a presentation highlighting the changes in business, retail, housing, culture, etc., during his tenure.
But the best part of the whole shindig was the SWAG!! At the first event, I got this neat Reinventing Stamford notepad.
Last night, I got (below, from the top) a guide to this summer's Art in Public Places exhibit, a Stamford Downtown Summer 2009 brochure and the DSSD 2008-2009 annual report.
The best thing of all, though, was my new i-Shop card!
This bad boy gets you 10% off at participating stores downtown! Sweet!
In all honesty, I'm kind of torn about this card. On the one hand, I'm all for saving money...but on the other hand, I'm also all for supporting local businesses, and I know how slim the profit margins can be for a small business. What should I do???
The angel on one shoulder says, "Don't feel bad; these businesses would rather get 90% of their purchase price than 0%!" The devil on the other shoulder says, "You need to save your money so you can afford to live in this freakin' town and keep patronizing these businesses! Stop being such a whiner and use the card!!" The devil on the devil's shoulder then chimes in: "If I don't get 10% off at Beamer's, who cares?"