When it comes to supporting local business, you can't do much better than stuffing your wallet with a wad of local legal tender. While it's strictly illegal to mint metal money in the United States, the law perfectly permits printing and circulating paper currency.
Last year, The Baltimore Green Currency Association introduced the "BNote" or "BN". So far there are two denominations, a ฿1 and a ฿5, featuring home-grown heroes Frederick Douglass and Edgar Allan Poe, as well as local avian mascots the Baltimore Oriole (for obvious reasons) and the raven (thanks to Poe's famous poem of the same name).
Exchange your "BNotes" for local goods and services at over 120 businesses in the greater Baltimore area. . . If you happen to live locally as well as shop locally, join your fellow Baltimorons this Friday at St. John Church from 7PM-11PM and help celebrate the one year anniversary of the BNote. Organizers promise dancing, booze, cupcakes, flying fish and more. . .
If the idea of local currency excites you as much as it excites me, submit your own rendering of a Colby Buck (Naked) . . . or whatever you'd like to call Colby Cash . . . and I'll exchange your bill for a DVD featuring me buck naked (as long as supplies last). Email your submissions to me, Colby, Secretary of the Treasury, at firstname.lastname@example.org