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Keep it local

Dear Editor:

As a lifelong valley resident, and a homeowner in Carbondale, I just wanted to remind everyone of the great locally owned businesses that we have in this valley, and encourage people to patronize them when shopping for friends and family this holiday season.

Walking down Main Street in Carbondale, there are several great galleries, a book store, a flower shop, an antiques store, a furniture shop, a wonderful store filled with all sorts of decorative items and some great restaurants to visit as well. If you’re feeling thrifty, there are three stores that sell second-hand goods. There’s stuff for kids too. On Highway 133, there are bike shops, sporting goods stores, some amazing Mexican markets and even more great restaurants. They are all owned by people who live here: your neighbors, your friends, your fellow citizens.

Also, Carbondale’s business community hopes to earn your business with a stimulus package that offers a number of really cool prizes for people who visit local merchants over the coming weeks and months. The grand prize is an electric car. How cool is that?

Please shop in town (Carbondale, plus whatever town you live in) and buy from locally owned businesses. The money you spend at home stays at home and goes a long way toward supporting your neighbors and your community.

Allyn Harvey

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