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Mayor Vicky Daly
SUBMITTED by Vicky Daly, Village of Palmyra (23-Nov-2011)

Conversation with the Mayor

Saturday, November 26, just past, should have been a really big day in your home town. Shop Local Saturday started as a promotion by American Express but developed into a nationwide effort to entice people to shop in their own communities. Following immediately after Black Friday, which in too many cases actually began immediately after dinner on Thanksgiving Day itself, Shop Local Saturday is a great contrast – and a welcome one.

Full disclosure: Black Friday has no appeal for me. Parking at a distance which requires a shuttle bus to just get there; standing 3 or more deep at a counter to find something which may or may not be a bargain; standing in line again to pay at a centralized check out point because there are no longer sales people in individual departments, and, the final straw: discovering that the sought after purchase was 1) wrong size, 2) wrong color, or 3) available locally at the same price - all reasons to not be there. This is not an attitude that developed with age. I felt the same way many, many years ago when the Newark Sibley’s did their Midnight Madness.

Having revealed my negative attitude about the whole thing, let me assure you that there are important positive reasons to shop locally, not just in the holiday season, but year round. A vibrant business district is more than just a place to buy things. In many ways it is the heart of the community. It’s downtown, or uptown depending on your perspective. It’s where you meet people, pick up news that has not yet made the papers or wouldn’t because of its nature. It’s where the shopkeepers, many of whom live in the community, know you and your preferences. Their kids go to school with yours. You may work on the same committees, belong to the same service clubs, volunteer at the same sites, attend the same church. They are part of the community and contribute to it in multiple ways. Their involvement goes well beyond donating to the local fundraisers. And the money that is spent in the locally owned shops stays in the community, recycling again and again. 68 cents of every dollar stays home where it is spent, where it belongs. That 68% of every dollar spent here pays mortgages, rent, grocery bills. It buys gas and heating fuel; paint and wall paper; treats for your puppy and fudge for you; Friday might’s fish fry and the Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Hall. The county sales tax it generates helps reduce other tax levies. The local shop keepers and service providers are an integral part of the community in a variety of ways.

So, if you missed Shop Local Saturday on November 26th, make up for it. Not just for the holiday season but all year round. Shopping locally is a gift yourself and your entire community.


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5 Comments to "It’s Important to Shop Local All Week Long"

  1. Gil Burgess Said,

    Well said! Shop locally! Support your community!

    Posted on Tue Nov 29, 09:57:00 AM EST

  2. Anonymous Said,


    Posted on Tue Nov 29, 10:32:00 AM EST

  3. Anonymous Said,

    There are no businesses downtown except antique shops, and not for profit buildings. There used to be a restaurant and now it is occupied by Wayne Arc, a not for profit organization, and many other buildings that were not viable for profit become not for profit. One can never see locals walking down Main Street. One sees businesses go out of business very quickly after opening it.

    Posted on Tue Dec 13, 10:11:00 PM EST

  4. Anonymous Said,

    This is the plight of America. How can we say we have social mobility where the big box stores under cut our very lives and jobs?

    Posted on Wed Dec 14, 02:22:00 PM EST

  5. Anonymous Said,

    occupy newark!

    Posted on Wed Dec 14, 05:49:00 PM EST


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