Editorial

November 26, 2013

By Staff

Shop Small, Shop Local comes to Issaquah

We have all heard the hype surrounding Black Friday, when big box retailers roll out their lowest sale prices of the year to kick off the holiday shopping season. And then there is Cyber Monday, the big day for online shopping orders.

But Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize the storefronts right in their own hometowns.

Building on the theme of Small Business Saturday, initiated by American Express in 2010, the catchier phrase Shop Small has become a nationwide movement. The Downtown Issaquah Association adopted the movement to get things rolling here, literally.

DIA is promoting Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Issaquah this Saturday, in partnership with Gilman Village and the Issaquah Highlands Council. The partners are offering shoppers a free trolley ride, from noon to 8 p.m., among the three shopping areas. This is not the railroad trolley, but one on wheels. It’s just a little extra fun for shoppers who take the time to get acquainted with stores they maybe haven’t visited before.

There are lots of other fun activities. Santa Claus will make his first Issaquah visit, from 2-4 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store on Front Street. There will be free art activities, and kids will be singing. It’s all the right stuff to get you in the holiday spirit and make shopping a pleasure!

Shopping local has many benefits, starting with the gas and time you save. And then there is the benefit of sales tax revenues that stay in your city, providing funding for police and fire protection, roads and parks. Let’s not forget that so many community events and programs would not exist without the support of the small business owners who donate to schools and nonprofit organizations. Shopping locally is an easy way to show your appreciation.

Big box retailers may have some hot buys you can’t pass up, and the ease of online shopping is not to be denied. But shopping at local brick-and-mortar stores is satisfying in so many other ways. Make a personal commitment to enjoy the holidays, including the shopping, right here in your hometown.

 

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