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Shop locally

Dear Editor:

We all hear about shopping locally especially during the holidays, but have you ever wondered if it really does make a difference?

By shopping locally, you support your town services like street maintenance, police, fire, etc., through the sales tax that is collected at each sale; you can help save the planet by driving less or even walking or biking to do your holiday shopping; you can engage with your neighbors and find truly unique gifts; and you help keep those special shops in business and keep the vibrancy of our business districts alive.

Shopping locally really doesn’t cost much more than driving down valley to a big box store when you consider everything that goes into that trip ” gas, public improvement fees (PIF), time, and stress. The bottom line is that if you’re going to spend that money anyway, it just makes sense to keep it local. Consider those few extra dollars you may spend by shopping small, locally owned businesses as an investment in something intangible but priceless: a thriving, healthy and diverse community and less stressful holiday season!

Heather Smith

Executive director, Basalt Chamber of Commerce

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