Free shipping, cyber shopping, catelogs...we get overrun by all that this time of year. Well how about this? Shop local.
I know you can save time and a little cash by shopping in your PJ's at the computer, but you can also get into the christmas spirit by taking a leaisurely stroll, cocoa in hand, down the Elmwood Strip.
Some of the best treasures you find are the ones you aren't even looking for.
Whether it's the mall, the Broadway Market, or your corner candy store, there's something special about walking in and browsing and sharing in the season.
Okay, enough of the sentimental stuff, your dollars and cents also go a lot further if you're putting them in the cash register across the street rather than across the country. Consider the big picture.
We always complain when a local business closes it's doors. A big local appliance company just filed for bankruptcy and could lay off hundreds.
Well, if that happens, rather than those employees spending their cash at the business next door, they're collecting unemployment from your tax dollars. That business might also contribute to local charity, that goes away.
That ripple effect spreads a long way, but it also starts with a very simple decision of buying a present from an out of town retailer.
We're the city of good neighbors, why shouldn't that extend to your holiday shopping?
I'm Pete Gallivan and that's My 2 Cents.