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Are you shopping locally?
Another holiday season is upon us, and you are more than likely in the
gift buying mode (notice I didn't say mood), wondering what you'll buy your
little brother. Our family has a tradition of buying gag gifts for relatives, many
of which I still have in my shed for future distribution. And as we think about
that holiday shopping spree, the "dreads" set in:
I dread driving in traffic.
I dread trying to find a parking spot.
I dread dealing with employees at the counter who have forgotten that
I am paying their wages.
I dread having to take back something that isn't what I wanted.
I dread that "City" feeling when shopping.
I'm sure there are many more, but for now, those top the list.
But forget all those headaches; the answer is in your own back yard.
Local businesses have the goods and services you are looking for, and wow, none
of the dreads.
So what are the benefits of shopping locally? Well, here are just a few:
Little or no traffic;
Plenty of parking;
You get to pick the hours to shop, whether after work or on the weekend;
Many local businesses are staffed by the owners themselves, always
wanting to develop a repeat-customer clientele, so the service is good;
Nothing beats the hometown atmosphere near the holidays; and
Returns are easy and close at hand.
Besides the obvious benefits there are many hidden benefits. A large
number of businesses in the Valley contribute to local charities and non-profit
organizations. These organizations include Little League, HUB, and
Children's Services. Junior Football, Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer, school
activities, food banks, and the list goes on. The strong support that these
organizations receive each year could not happen without the help of local business.
In addition, local businesses employ local people, creating a job
market, which in turn provides more capital for local purchases. Taxes are collected
on local sales and fund numerous areas of our municipalities, many of which
you benefit from directly.
An additional benefit is your community newspaper. Without
businesses advertising, there would be no Valley Record and, therefore, no forum for
local news, sports and opinion. I'm sure many developers and politicians
would love it if there weren't a Valley Record to report on their Environmental
Impact Statements, or the governmental official who cost the taxpayers money
because of high cellular phone use. There would be no pictures of local
athletes, making that game-winning catch in the end zone. As you can tell, I feel
lucky that our community has an independent voice, but I also feel strongly that
our business community is one of the reasons we have such a strong sense of
So do yourself a favor. Shop locally for the best in pricing, selection
and service. And enjoy your holiday shopping.