Helen Pomani of Fort Thompson won this month’s Buy Local prize, and she most definitely deserved it. These prizes—art and gift certificates at local businesses— are on display at Shelby’s Convenience Store for at least a month before the prize is drawn. Using her Hunkpati Investments’ Buy Local Business Directory, Helen visited three new Crow Creek Businesses she’d never been to. After having Dawnee’s Home Repair balance her washing machine, Helen bought tires from Hawk’s Tire Shop.
“He was very considerate” she said, explaining that Sherwood Hawk had given her a ride while she waited for her tires to be installed.
Lastly, Helen and her brother Frank bought minnows at Dion’s Bait Shop before going fishing down in old Fort Thompson. And of course, Helen has been a long-time customer of Shelby’s Convenience Store.
Helen was excited to have won a $50 gift certificate at Kate’s Pub & Grub—home of the famous “K-T Burger”. Previous monthly prizes for the Buy Local Campaign have included a hand carved walking stick from Koster’s Wood Krafts, a purse from Native Diva Designs, and a star quilt made by Patty Parsons.
“I think it is pretty exciting to have the local businesses starting up. I thought I’d throw some money their way and see if they do right by it. And I’ve been back to see Hawk’s Tire Shop twice since then,” Helen says. She adds, “Don’t go far. Buy Local—you don’t have to travel far anymore to get what you need.”
The Buy Local Campaign was started by Hunkpati Investments in 2011 to promote local business development. Hunkpati Investments is a certified Native Community Development Financial Institution that promotes the self-sufficiency, self-determination and enhanced quality of life for the Crow Creek community.