September 25, 2008

Rutledge Business Seeking Help to Win $20,000 Prize

The Milkweed Mercantile at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage has made it to the finals for a $10K award with a website called Ideablob. As improbable as it sounds, the winner is determined each month simply by who gets the most online votes. Sponsored by Advanta Credit Cards, the winner receives an ADDITIONAL $10,000 if he/she is a cardholder.

Proprietors Alline Anderson and Kurt Kessner are hoping that an extended community of friends and supporters will vote, ensuring the financing they need to open this December. Alline noted laughingly that the Mercantile webstore was launched in late August, “always a good thing to do as the stock market is crashing!” The Mercantile’s goal is to use the award towards a wind turbine and tower.

Between now and midnight on Sunday, September 30th, you can vote for the Mercantile by registering at After you register you will be directed back to your email to confirm your registration. The Mercantile’s application is called “Strawbale Business Opens.” It takes less than 3 minutes.

Kurt and Alline request that you ask friends and family to vote. Every single vote is going to make a huge difference - the competition is intense.

A bit more about The Milkweed Mercantile:

A new privately owned business at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, the two-story, strawbale solar and wind-powered Milkweed Mercantile is nearing completion. Tucked into the spacious building are a four-room Bed & Breakfast Inn, a Cafe and an Eco General Store, which will serve the local community and tourists to the area.

Hundreds of people who visit Dancing Rabbit annually will now have the opportunity to experience green living (solar & wind power, bathing in rainwater, sleeping in a hand-crafted strawbale building, eating local organic food, seminars on everything from organic gardening to home energy efficiency) as well as the beauty and serenity of the prairie landscape: star-filled skies, fireflies, wildflowers & songbirds.

The goal of the Mercantile is to be a business incubator for members of Dancing Rabbit, and to support the local farmers, gardeners, businesses and community in general. The business is profit sharing, cooperatively run, based in sustainability & genuinely earth-centered.

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