To the Valley News:
Westport Chamber members recalled that last Christmas Molly Kasriels wrote a Shop Local Letter full of great gift ideas. They were discussing how to promote growth and sustainability for Westport during their recent Dec. 5, meeting. We thank Molly for providing her letter again, this season, to inspire us to discover our own treasures and to buy locally. In order to attract new business to town, we need to demonstrate that the stores we have are thriving because our own residents shop here!
All I want this Year is…..To Shop Locally!
For my friend who goes into town every morning for coffee and the paper? I am going to ask Bruce or Janice for gift cards for "Coffee & the paper" Done!
Remember that incredible grain DaCy Meadow Farm serves? Freekeh? I am buying several bags at Champlain Valley Milling! They will tell me how to make it.
Have you stopped into Westport Trading Co.?? The stained glass is amazing! Westport is blessed with MANY local artists, Visit the Women of Westport Art Show at The Depot Theatre.
For my niece, horseback riding with Lindsay Pontius and/or Piano lesson(s) with Rose Chancler.
For out of town family or friends? A night's stay at one of our Inns, The Hotel, Normandie or camping space at one of our campsites. Let us do the pampering, you get a visit without even cleaning the guest room!
Dinner at one: Le Bistro, The Galley, The Hotel or The Coco Cafe followed by Depot Theatre Tickets. Lunch at K&D deli…..so many options!
A golf lesson! or gift certificate towards their summer membership.....not to mention the gift shop, I mean pro shop.
Oh, speaking of gift shops, nowhere can you top The Bessboro Shop, the Ship's Store at the Marina or The Pink Pig.
As for Bookstores, miss Borders? You can not beat the selection at The Inn Bookstore or Dragon Press and the expertise you will get from Kathryn or David as you peruse.
Now, thinking out of the box: A gift certificate for telephone or internet service from Chazy & Westport Communications for a month or two keeps that money in your friend or housekeeper's pocket! Same is true at the Veterinary Hospitals, pay their bills in advance!
Why not open a Christmas account at the bank for your kids for next year, show them how their money will grow.
For the friend who literally has everything? A donation in their name to the ASPCA or our Volunteer Fire Department, soooo greatly appreciated!
For the lake lover, gift cert. towards their boat slip or mooring, or boat maintenance at the Marina, a boat or kayak rental.
At Normandie, a waterski lesson, sailing lesson or day passes.
Flowers? Tracy is waiting. Buy fresh flowers delivered once a month for a few months this winter.
Having a party? DaCy Meadow Farm and Me & My Girls, both first rate catering. OR have a party catered for a friend, as a gift!
How about a guided hike with Elizabeth Lee or CATs? Throw that in with a night at one of our Inns and it is perfect for that out of town family member.
How about adding a membership ticket to the Essex County Fair - just $25 for 5 days of shows and activities. (carnival rides not included).
Should I go on?? Oh, how about our realtors you might ask? That is a no brainer: Support our local businesses!! It keeps Westport vibrant and helps them to market our homes.
The Chamber of Commerce, Westport