The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) was officially formed in 2005. Former owner of Ear X-tacy and LIBA’s Founder John Timmons and a handful of fellow business owners created the organization after the community’s intrigued reaction to his Bardstown Road billboard that read “Keep Louisville Weird.” Ten years later, LIBA now represents nearly 700 independently owned businesses who support its message about the importance of buying local.
To celebrate 10 Years of Keeping Louisville Weird, LIBA will host a Weird Birthday Bash, presented by Quest Outdoors, on Friday, February 27th from 7:00pm-11:00pm at Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. The event will include music by Hay DJ and Tony and the Tan Lines, a cash bar, prizes, and party games such as “Pin the Mustache on the Mayor.” Attendees will also get to taste several birthday cakes and vote for their favorite in the “Weird Birthday Cake Contest” where local bakeries will submit their unique creations made especially for this event. Tickets are available for $10 at Better Days Records, Headliners box office, or online at www.keeplouisvilleweird.com.
LIBA’s Weird Birthday Bash is presented by Quest Outdoors, with support from Parker & Klein Real Estate, DMLO, Heine Brothers Coffee, Work the Metal, Yellow Cab, Commonwealth Financial Advisors, Eclipse Bank, Headliners Music Hall, Hound Dog Press, Kiely Hines & Associates, Magnolia Photo Booth, and Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets.
LIBA is an affiliate member of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), a national network of more than 85 community alliances supporting local entrepreneurs. Based on membership, LIBA has grown to be one of the largest Independent Business Alliances in the country.
Some of LIBA’s notable indicators of growth over the past decade include adding an office space in 2013, expanding the staff to three employees, and launching a mobile app in 2014. LIBA also hosts annual events that continue to grow in popularity such as the Buy Local Fair, the Louisville Brewfest, and the Shift Your Shopping holiday contest, and publishes two Buy Local Guides per year, distributing 80,000 copies annually.
Celebrating 10 Years of Weird in 2015, LIBA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area by promoting locally-owned businesses and to educate citizens on the value of buying locally. For more information about LIBA, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com.