As part of their "Shop Local" promotions, the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce and EDA have begun a Karma Cash project.

During the next five weeks, two $50 Karma Cash certificates will be used at local chamber businesses. The idea is to show the impact community members can have on the local economy by shopping locally.

Each week the Spring Valley Tribune will be showcasing those businesses that have used the Karma Cash for the week.

The first business involved with the project was Sparrow's Closet, which opened its doors just last fall. The owner is Jenn Slifka, who also owns Chateau de Chic, and is run by her mother, Suzanne Gardner.

The consignment store gives locals a place to sell different products, whether it's something they've created or something they found in their closet. The store is full of treasures from the past, great deals and can often save customers the trip to Rochester when they are looking for gifts.

Slifka says she and Gardner try to shop locally for the businesses as much as they can.

"It is important for me and my family," Slifka explained when asked of the significance of shopping locally.

After Sparrow's Closet the cash travelled over to the Valley Farm & Home store. The hardware store sells everything from tools to bakeware; in fact owner Annette Meyer says people are always surprised by the array of merchandise they find in the store.

For Meyer, being active in the community is quite important. She explained that she always tries to donate to local causes; to her, it is part of paying it forward within Spring Valley.

Meyer has also worked with the Kingsland High School Early Work Release program for the past three years.

Both Slifka and Meyer agree shopping local and supporting local businesses is the key for a successful town.