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  • Writer's pictureWalter Recher

Shop Small This Saturday!

Today is Small Business Saturday, and I am hoping you all celebrate it by supporting small businesses in your town or city, as they do so much good for our communities!

And what better way is there than to help support them as a way we can all have a direct impact on helping us to sustain a strong community?

There are so many good reasons to shop local, today and throughout the holiday season.

Here are a few that come to mind:

1. Help create and sustain jobs in your community

According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses in America account for 54% of all sales in the U.S., That's 55% of all jobs, and 66% of all new jobs since the 1970's. Make a purchase at a small business today, and do your part to stimulate your local economy.

2. Keep tax dollars local

Shopping at small businesses helps keep money in our neighborhoods, as studies have shown that 48% of purchases at local independent businesses go right back into our communities, vs. 14% at chain stores. These dollars help improve our schools, roads, libraries, and social services for those less fortunate.

3. Give back to support our neighborhoods

Small business partnerships strengthen ties within our communities, from local restaurants offering entertainment to ice cream shops that sponsor youth athletics and the arts that need our help.

4. Help other local businesses

Stop by a local merchant, and you're likely to stop by another one within walking distance. Many small businesses offer products made locally, and this create a ripple effect in our local economies. And, of course, one local shop is likely to buy from another. Think about the local pizza shop that buys their flour, cheese and sauce from local producers.

5. Find unique products

Many of us look for a special gift you can't find anywhere else. Instead of buying mass-produced items at big box chains, shop at a local independent retailer, and you are likely to find that unique gift.)

6. Promote the unique character of your community

Tired of crowded malls? Shop local, and help promote your unique community when you purchase products and services you can only find in your hometown. Here in my hometown, small businesses new and old offer a little something special for local shoppers.

A few of my favorites:

Distinctive Dining on the Lake

Looking for that special place to celebrate the season? Check out the new Limni restaurant in Lake Carmel for a truly unique menu from the Mediterranean, outstanding service, and a fantastic view.

Heading to a party and need to bring a special dessert? The Pastry Palate offers custom designed cakes, cupcakes, cookies & pastries hand crafted by Diane Stimson that you simply won't find anywhere else.

How about a special custom designed birthday or holiday celebration cake? Check out Ice Cream Studio 105 , owned an operated by Jim and Patty Turco, the quintessential "Mom and Pop Shop"that makes our small town a sweeter community.

Thinking of creating a special gift that will truly keep on giving? Try your hand at custom woodworking with local craftsmen at our local Santa's Workshop, AKA Bentwood Studios as the father and son team of Ernie and Glenn Palmieri will teach you how to craft a custom guitar, salad bowl, wine and cheese cart, picture frame, Adirondack chair, lacrosse stick, spice rack, and so much more.

For those who prefer a more traditional buying experience, try Katherine's Gift Shop or, if a more laid back experience is your cup of tea, buy a gift certificate to Florrie Kaye's Tea Room in downtown Carmel.

To find other local stores participating today in your community, take a look at this store locator tool.

Hope to see you in town for some happy holiday shopping or dining!

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