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Do your gift shopping locally

November 30, 2018
Editorial , Lake Placid News

We know we say this every year around this time, but it's important and worth repeating.

If you want to crank up your stress level for the holidays, you can drive a long way to shop in congested malls and big-box shopping centers. If you don't mind being cold and impersonal, you can knock off your gift list online.

But if you're looking for a festive ambiance, if you want gifts you can't get elsewhere, if you want your gifts and your experience of buying them to have extra meaning, and if you want to add to your local economy instead of subtract from it, why not shop at local stores and craft fairs?

Surprisingly, you might find better prices. Not surprisingly, you might find special items you can't get elsewhere, better quality, better customer service and shorter lines.

Money you spend on the internet or out of town leaves your community; it's an economic drain for your area. It also feeds corporations such as Amazon that are killing local retail businesses nationwide, dodging sales taxes and thus making everyone else pay its fair share of the cost of government - and now, getting state and local governments to give it billions of dollars in tax breaks to set up its new headquarters in New York City and the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

But every dollar you give a local merchant stays here and is recirculated, usually multiple times. Cumulatively, that maintains and improves the number and variety of local jobs, as well as of local businesses.

The local business community comes together to create a joyful holiday environment where shoppers feel welcome and relaxed. Here in Lake Placid, the highlight is the Holiday Village Stroll, coming up Dec. 7 to 9. It combines shopping, food, drink and skiing specials with a long list of special events: skating parties, craft activities, live music, Christmas movies, the traditional Yule Log Hunt and, of course, chances to meet Santa Claus.

It is a positive, interactive shopping experience, so make sure to shop at the small businesses that uphold our community, employ our families, chip in toward our taxes and support our youth sports teams, schools, arts and other worthy causes.

And you can get fantastic gifts, too. Try it; you'll see.



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