November is 'Shop Logan County' month
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[November 03, 2008]
There is already talk that this Christmas
season might be a tough one on retailers. The last few haven't
exactly been monumental anyway, but a real downturn in the economy
might make this one especially important to many businesses.
Financial publications are already projecting that it will be a
buyer's market, with fears of less purchasing or lower-per-family
spending than normal.
We would like to make a recommendation to all of our readers. As
you are preparing those lists of who gets gifts from you this
Christmas season, remember who helped you and your organizations
this year, and return the favor during your shopping season.
Many local businesses are the lifeblood of your special charities
and events. It is they who purchase ads in your yearbooks and
calendars and programs. It is local businesses that donate services
and items for your auctions and fundraisers. And it is local
businessmen and women who purchase tickets, come to your events and
spend their money to show their continued support in what you
believe in. It is these businesses who believe in you. They deserve
your first consideration.
It is local retailers, not the ones in
other cities or states far or near, who are the foundation of our
economy, and we strongly recommend you do as much shopping as
possible locally before you start burning gas in your cars and
Remember, every time you purchase locally, your sales tax dollars
come back to our city and county and not to someone else's.
Every time you purchase locally, that business has a greater
chance of continuing to offer goods and services that add value to
our community and pay our neighbors' salaries.
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Every time you purchase locally, it helps keep that business
viable, so that the next time you need a donation, they are an open
door and not a closed one with a "For Sale" sign in the window.
Of course, not everything can be found locally. No small town
anywhere in America can make that claim. But this community offers
thousands of unique items that can only be found locally, and such
items are always a hit during the giving season.
This community's businesses are also remarkably competitive in
almost every segment of durable and hard goods. Just take a few
moments to compare rather than go with the "old wives' tale" that
everything is cheaper at so-and-so shopping center or some bigger
city retailer an hour's drive from here.
And we recommend you always ask these two questions when you
decide to go shopping: "Where would my favorite charity, church or
organization have been this year without local business assistance?
And where will those businesses be in the years to come without my
Shop Logan County. It helps everyone.
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