This holiday season, you’re challenged to go out to eat, get your oil changed and do your Christmas shopping first in the Riverbend.  The new shopping initiative was created by six local community organizations, with the help of the local media, to encourage area residents to spend their money locally this holiday season.  It’s call #Spend Riverbend.

The united effort is lead by Alton Encore, Alton Main Street, Alton Regional Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the North Alton Godfrey Business Council, Upper Alton Business Association and the Riverbend Growth Association.   RBGA President Monica Bristow says it’s not necessarily about shopping small businesses, but spending your money close to home:

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Along with shopping locally, there’s a contest for local shoppers with a chance at several prizes to be drawn in the days before Christmas.  For details, go to


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