Because so much of retail spending occurs during the Christmas shopping season, this is the time to remind people to try to do as much of their holiday gift buying as they can with their hometown merchants.

Buying locally, though, is a good practice all year-round. If local businesses can’t make a profit, they can’t stay in business. If they can’t stay in business, our community suffers.

Even if it costs a little more than buying online, it’s a good investment.

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