Cherokee Office of Economic Development · Cherokee by Choice.

The Perfect Summer Staycation – Shop/Buy Local

July 13, 2020

More than any other time, the summer months bring renewed expectations for relaxing dips in the pool, freshly squeezed lemonade, and family road trips. But times have changed. While we’re still enjoying many of these things – we’re now doing them six feet apart.

If quarantine has caused you to feel a bit blue, brighten up your mood by downloading the recently launched Cherokee By Choice Coloring Book.

Located within the “Living in Cherokee” tab on, this free 28-page coloring book takes adults and kids alike on a journey to some of Cherokee’s most iconic destinations, including the Cherokee Aquatic Center, the Ball Ground Burger Bus, Greenprints Trail System, Gibbs Gardens, The Circuit – Cherokee’s first coworking space, and the Atlanta Yacht Club – among many others.

The CBC coloring book was created as part of the Cherokee By Choice initiative – a public-private partnership and branding campaign focused on fostering economic growth, raising awareness of Cherokee’s exceptional lifestyle, and building community pride.

If you are looking for a fun, family-friendly staycation, the CBC Coloring book is the perfect “day trip” guide for a little sightseeing.  As an added bonus, enjoy some much-needed relaxation as you color through some of the county’s most beloved attractions. Whether you are looking to de-stress, boost creativity, or explore, an adventure awaits right here at home.

Grab your colored pencils, markers, and crayons – it’s time to discover Cherokee By Choice.

Once you have created your masterpiece, load up the family, snap a selfie at your favorite Cherokee attraction (while practicing safe social distancing), and share your artwork on social media using the #cherokeebychoice hashtag.

While touring our county’s most beloved locations, join us in rallying behind our community – especially Cherokee’s small businesses. But before you head out to your favorite local store or restaurant, let us save you time, energy, and a tank of gas.

On, we removed the guesswork out of finding the latest information on local health care facilities, shops, restaurants, and services through our new online business tool.

In partnership with Cherokee’s cities, this interactive platform makes it easy for residents to search for current business offerings all in a single location, including special promotions, and curbside, delivery, or pick-up options – just to name a few.

Cherokee businesses – make sure to take advantage of this resource by creating a free online profile on

Buying local is one of the greatest gifts you can give to our community. Every dollar spent is an investment in Cherokee’s future and will help our businesses recover from the devastating impacts of COVID-19.

Wondering what else you can do to support local business? Write a positive review, visit COED’s career page to spread the word about who’s hiring, tell a local business they are appreciated, tip big, and pay it forward.

When we all do our part to shop/buy local, even the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference.  Together, we are Cherokee By Choice.

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