Shop local this season, for so many reasons


It’s Thanksgiving week, which means Black Friday and the subsequent “mad dash to Christmas” is also beginning this week.

Many of you have been salting away money all year to help make Christmas as wonderful as possible for your loved ones, and some of you have been squirelling away presents all year as you come across that perfect gift for somebody you care for. Whatever the case, this is Thanksgiving, and that means we’re in the stretch run of shopping.

Once again, we ask you to think local when shopping this year. For starters, our local shops, art studios and restaurants offer goods and selections not always found in the big-box stores.

Want to find that perfect gift for your college student child who is now living somewhere else? Get him or her a local piece of art, or something else that just captures the essence of this area. Move here from somewhere else? Send presents back home to loved ones and friends that they can’t necessarily get at their local stores. Looking for something for someone who does live here? Get that person a gift certificate to his or her favorite restaurant.

Another benefit of shopping local is that you are keeping money in our community. It’s not only the business owner who benefits from money staying here, it’s also the employees of that business who get to keep their jobs because the business is doing well, and the restaurants and shops those people visit. We keep our local economy humming by frequenting our local shops.

Get out and shop local this season.

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We would like to offer thanks to our advertisers and readers for continuing your support of the Coastal Point.

Our stories are only important if they are being read by you, and we can only continue to operate with your patronage and support. We have continued to grow over the past eight-plus years because of you, and we know that if we are to continue our growth, it will only be because of you, as well.

All of us at the Point are thankful to be working in a community that cares — not only enough to read our paper each and every week, but to care about your neighbors and friends. We are constantly awed by the support this community gathers when someone is in need, and it is gratifying to see people come together for the common good.

Each and every time.

As we were preparing to go to press Tuesday for an early holiday deadline, there were efforts being made across the community to send off the Indian River High School soccer team in grand fashion before their state championship game. That support will mean something to those young men, now and in the future.