Centreville business owner Marianne Jackson of Sugar Magnolia Café and Gifts, was given the opportunity to give, and give she did. Last year coffee supplier Green Mountain Coffee Roasters told her about their donation program. She learned that they not only give regularly to nonprofit organizations, but it is part of their budget as well as their philosophy. Her charity of choice, the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, would receive coffee for resale, including cups and sleeves as well as coffee related items for making a gift basket to sale or raffle. It was an unexpected and much appreciated donation to the Arts Council and this year Jackson has renewed her pledge by providing a second annual gift.
In making her decision, Jackson sited her appreciation for the arts and for the opportunities the Arts Council provides to help promote businesses while developing new arts audiences. The Arts Council’s “Heck with the Malls!” brings over 450 people to downtown Centreville to meet area artists and shop locally. “These types of activities help to drive our local economy – it is a great partnership” she said.
Green Mountain gives five percent of their pre-tax income to charity each year and encourages young businesses like Sugar Magnolia, through these types of incentive programs that inspire and reinforce community to business connections. The Arts Council will have Green Mountain coffee for sale on Saturday, December 6, during Heck with the Malls! and Sugar Magnolia will participate in the event by offering $1 coffee all day, specials on gift items and a drawing for a free lunch. The Café is located at 101 S. Commerce Street.
The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council is committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts and is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.