Don't forget neighbors as you shop

11/29/2013 8:43 PM

11/30/2013 12:32 AM

With the aroma of turkey and pumpkin pie lingering in our homes, it’s not too late to count up the many things we’re thankful for this year. And one of the many things on our list is that there still are 24 shopping days left before Christmas.

Millions of people have turned Black Friday into a two- or even three-day celebration of retail bingeing, lining up in front of the big-box stores to get the best bargains by being the first through the doors. Today, however, is the day to visit those smaller businesses; the locally owned stores that have fewer employees and, for the most part, gave them all of Thursday off to spend with family. They’re all open today, hoping to see you and your wallets cross their thresholds.

Even the White House is urging shoppers not to forget their neighbors during Small Business Saturday. And there’s a good reason. Shopping locally helps our area’s economy by keeping sales tax in our community and helping to maintain the unique nature of our communities.

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