The retail world is panicking this year, so I hear. There are only eight shopping weekends from Nov. 1 until Christmas; and only three weekends in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I could tell something was amiss before these statistics made the news. My mailbox has been stuffed with catalogs since Oct. 1. And, there seems to be more and more catalogs than the year before — catalogs I have never received or purchased from before. While I flip through many of them, they all end up in the trash. I am making a concerted effort to shop local this year — and when possible — purchasing made in the Adirondacks items.
Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community “home.” Our unique businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future. Let’s support them!
So, I invite everyone to start their holiday shopping Thanksgiving weekend in Indian Lake by visiting the many businesses and local/regional artisans and crafters in their homes during the Country Christmas Tour. More information is available on the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce’s website, www.indian-lake.com.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!