This piece came out in the Blue Heron Books E-letter and I think its worth sharing with the SlowCity crew.
“Be part of the movement to shop local this holiday season and rediscover the joy of gift giving. While we don't have any door-crasher specials, we do have a great deal for you. And it is this: instead of filling your cart with hot deals, you get to fill your mind, and the minds of those you love, with inspired messages and meaningful dialogue contained in books chosen with care (and help if you need it) this holiday season.
Small town shopping offers a personal touch, stress-free parking and friendly staff. And to top it off, remember, for every $100 spent locally, $68 will stay in the community via income, jobs, taxes as well as using local banks, media and services. When you spend the same at a national, big-box chain store, only $43 remains in the local economy. When you spend the same at an internet 'store', $0 remains in the local economy.
▪Local sales taxes are used to provide vital services such as police and fire protection, local schools, street repairs and trash collection.
▪By shopping locally, you conserve energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
▪Where we shop, eat and have fun helps make our community home. Local businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place.
▪Non-profit organizations receive an average of 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
▪Local business owners are passionate about what they do. You’ll get an expert opinion and find someone who takes more time to get to know their customers.
▪We support local schools, local charities and community events as well as offer learning programs and weekly free storytime for children.
Get your FEEL GOOD on this Christmas!