Keep 'mom and pop' in business in East Texas this holiday season | Home & Garden
We are often told to "shop local." As you can see on the chart below, there are very sensible, solid reasons not to drive to larger cities to buy your gifts, or even your winter wardrobe.
A study in Austin showed that if each household redirects just $100 of planned holiday spending from chain stores to locally owned merchants, the local economic impact could exceed millions of dollars.Even cities like Chicago, Austin and Dallas have local businesses that need their neighbors as customers. The same is true for the town in which you live.
That money goes back into the economy of YOUR town, where you and your family live. It helps the environment, cutting down the amount of driving we all do.
Shopping local small businesses also means you'll end up with creative gifts, as opposed to "cookie cutter" gifts from big box stores that half of your friends will also be receiving as gifts!
Check out local shops like candy stores, fabric/quilting stores, hobby shops, consignment shops, boutiques, antique/vintage shops, and more. Restaurants also have gifts you can share in the form of gift cards or specialty gourmet items. How about a local horse ranch who could provide riding lessons for someone you love? Or maybe you could have a local bakery make your teacher gifts or some holiday treats for your get-togethers?
Some folks worry that these smaller businesses cost a bit more than big chain stores, but there are two ways to look at that, in my opinion.
First, if you're driving a few blocks as opposed to 90 miles to get to the metroplex, you're saving time and gas money.
Second, small businesses don't have the buying power of a big box store, so they end up paying a bit more for some things than chain businesses do. However, the cost difference won't be vastly different, and it's a gesture of good will to help one's neighbor. You'd give your neighbor $5 if he needed it, right? So spend $5 more and stay in your town, grow your own city's economy, and spend less time driving and fighting crowds.
Here is a list of some area businesses you might like to check out this weekend as you start your search for the perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gifts. Just click the links in each listing to visit their site or Facebook pages:
1. A Nimble Thimble - Tyler -Various sewing and quilting classes, expert advice if you'd like to make your own gifts, sewing machine and equipment, and buy one-get one free holiday fabrics on Oct 25-26.
2. Stitchin' Heaven Quilt and Fabric shop - Mineola - Classes, parties, expert quilting advice, and much more!
3. Candy and Cakes by Carrie - Tatum - Amazing artistic and fun cakes! Cupcakes, candy, cobblers and more. Call her for details! 903-947-2253
4. Pinkie Pie's Boutique - Lindale - Cute clothing and accessories for women of all ages! 903-882-3001 - Downtown on Main Street.
5. The Magic Closet - Longview - Clothing consignment - Name-Brand Designer Clothing for the entire family including upscale purses such as: Coach, Louis Vuitton, Dooney & Bourke, Gucci, etc. 3104 Gilmer Road.
7. Castle on the Lake - Jacksonville- Planning a wedding? These folks have a beautiful venue and provide many services. Give them a call!
8. The Flower Girl - Tyler - Beautiful custom bouquets and plants. From the simple to the extravagant, Allison can make just what you want for your home or your sweetheart. Located in Ye Olde City Antiques in Tyler, 304 E. Locust. (903) 509-3839
9. Uniques and Antiques - Mineola - There are literally thousands of gift ideas in this place, and no one else will have it! If you like to be creative and unique, this is the place to shop. Melissa and her ladies will help you find the perfect thing if you ask. Or just browse and have fun. 124 S. Line St.
10. Wild's Creek Laser and Candle Design - Custom Laser engraving, specializing in photos on marble. Creating memories that will last forever in stone! We also have a variety of custom and stock signs for that special need. Inspirational, Humorous, Personalized for every need! Check us out at www.wildscreekcandle.com
This is just a tiny fraction of the local businesses that grace East Texas. Stay tuned for more!
Submit your small business information and details/contact info to WhereYouLive@kltv.com. We may feature you in future lists!
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