Local stores are ready for tomorrow’s Shop Small Saturday. Consumers are invited to avoid the crowds at the malls and instead support your local businesses.
Santa will be in Downtown Monroe and there are just as many deals, as you would find in the malls as well as a few other good reasons to support your local stores this Christmas shopping season.
You will find some options in local stores in the Gift Guide that also appeared in the Fall Winter Issue of Walton Living Magazine. Drop in on these stores and find out what other deals they have to offer this. Also, check out the local business in the gift guide on the left hand side of Monroe Local News and Loganville Local News.
There are boutiques and book stores, stores offering gifts for men, others offering gifts for women and gifts for the children in the family. As a consumer, you can help the small business in your community thrive and in doing so, you are helping more than just the businesses in the community, you are also helping the police, the fire departments, the schools, the arts and even the green space that you get to enjoy year round.
According to Laura Katz, area director at the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center, when you shop local those tax dollars are staying within the county and being used on such things as parks and roads, utilities, schools and local services. Also, a successful local business is going to hire more local people and if more people in the community are employed, they are going to have more money to spend on local goods and services. Shopping cyber Monday may be convenient, but not one penny of your online shopping goes back into the local economy.
Walton County Public Schools Superintendent Gary Hobbs pointed out at a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting that new schools, such as the state of the art Loganville Middle School that opened this year, was a result of the Education Local Option Sales Tax from local shopping tax dollars. Also, students in eighth-grade and local high schools have been provided with iPads as a result of local sales taxes.
So shop local for your family’s Christmas gifts this Saturday and provide additional gifts for the community year round.