Shop local first

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This season Centertown businesses will be staying open late as part of the Christmas holiday festivities. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: If you haven’t already shopped locally, this is a good time to start.     

    Buying local is more than a nice slogan.
    There is a growing movement to recreate the downtown atmosphere of smaller communities. While shopping centers in larger cities may now be trying to imitate the storefront shopping of communities like Bedford, the good news for us is that we don’t have to recreate that atmosphere — the atmosphere of the season that only a small community can provide. Our local businesses help provide for the one-of-a-kind distinctive character we enjoy.
    The truth is, in many communities like Bedford, almost half of the shopping this season by the communities’ residents will be conducted outside of the community. But it’s important to remember that money spent inside the community, stays in the community. And our local merchants invest in our community. Many non-profit organizations are supported year-round by local businesses. That support should not be forgotten.
    One dollar spent in the community can turn itself over three times or more, providing for the livelihood of a community’s residents.
    Take time to give area businesses a chance. Throughout the county, local merchants provide unique and specialized gift opportunities, beyond what the mall or retailers outside the area can provide. Before jumping in a car and heading for Lynchburg or Roanoke, support the backbone of this area first, the merchants seeking to make our local community better.
    This holiday season, take time to visit the numerous stores in Bedford and the surrounding communities in the county. It benefits everyone involved. And you’ll find some great gifts you can share.