The griddles from Pancake Day are barely cool and our minds are turned to the holiday season. For most of our retailers, it is a crucial time — possibly determining whether they end the year in the black. The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce supports our local retailers through events and beautification efforts during the holiday season.
This year, we will kick off the holiday season again with a Small Business Saturday promotion on Nov. 24. It is a day to recognize the importance of the small business in our communities and support those local merchants by making purchases. It is held on the Saturday following Black Friday. In 2011, we conducted a local Small Business Saturday campaign and it was very successful. Local stores reported brisk sales and shoppers appreciated the reminder that our stores carry a large variety of merchandise at competitive prices. Shopping small makes a huge impact.
You don’t have to travel far.
By shopping locally you don’t have to travel far. With high gas prices, take into consideration the amount of money you are spending just to get to the big city. Also, parking is more convenient in Centerville (even on the square) compared to driving around a mall parking lot looking for a space.
You don’t have to battle the lines at the mall.
Shopping locally means that you won’t have to battle crowded malls and wait in long lines. You can spend your time exploring the store and thinking about the right gift, not standing in line.
You can get help from the shop owners.
Need advice about what to buy? Small businesses owners usually know their stock well and can help you choose the perfect gift.
The money you spend stays in your community.
When you spend money locally it stays local. That money goes back into the community in taxes, rent and in other ways that help keep our community thriving. When was the last time a store in Des Moines made a donation to a local sports team or community organization? Local businesses donate thousands of dollars to support local charities.
You can find amazingly unique gifts.
At small local shops you can find some great unique items.
We are fortunate in Appanoose County to have a mixture of large and small retailers. If you haven’t shopped locally lately, you may be surprised at how successful you will be in finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list right here.Centerville Chamber of Commerce, 128 N. 12th St., Centerville, 641-437-4102, www.centerville-ia.com.