Buy local in this upcoming holiday season!

Published 6:04 pm Friday, November 16, 2012

As you prepare to get started on your Christmas shopping, we urge you to shop locally as often as you can.

There are many reasons to shop locally. Studies have shown that every dollar spent at a local store re-circulates through the community at least seven times. Local sales taxes also help pay for our roads, schools, and other projects that benefit everyone. It’s also a good way to avoid spending a lot on fuel to shop out of state or in a bigger city.

If you’d like to get shopping started early, there are several opportunities for unique gifts this weekend. St. John’s Episcopal Church is holding its “Country Store” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will be selling a variety of handmade gifts and baked goods. The “Bizarre Bazaar” is at the Firehouse Gallery on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and offers shoppers the chance to buy unique items made by local artists.

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Then, Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. is the annual “Holiday Open House” on the square, where many of the local merchants will be open and ready to assist you in any shopping needs. There’s also a “ball drop” at 2 p.m., where you’ll be able to win additional discounts and prizes.

Take advantage of the chance to start your Christmas shopping early, and buy local!