Shopping locally makes a big difference locally | In Our Opinion

In recent surveys on NorthKitsapHerald.com and KingstonCommunityNews.com, a majority of respondents said they planned to do most of their holiday shopping out of town.

That’s unfortunate. And it’s counterproductive.

The Great Recession has reminded us how important we are to each other. With that in mind, “shop local” takes on new meaning. Money we spend here stays here. It helps pay local wages, put food on local tables, pay local rents and mortgages. It funnels through to the many non-profits by the generous donations of local businesses. It generates sales tax revenue, which supports public services that benefit you.

Do your holiday shopping elsewhere, and your money stays elsewhere.

Shopping local makes sense in other ways. First, you know who you’re buying from — someone you may have known for years — and often you’ll purchase an item that is made locally.

Second, local items are unique. Locally produced art, books and clothing reflect the wealth of creativity in North Kitsap. You’ll find local food products, as well as award-winning vintages from Kitsap wineries, in local stores. And if you’re looking for eco-friendly items, North Kitsap offers more than its share.

This area is a world-class destination, known for its natural beauty. Consider a donation in a family member’s name to the Marine Science Center in downtown Poulsbo. Consider a gift certificate from The Zone Sportsplex. Or a gift certificate for kayaking or other outdoor activities. Or dinner at a local restaurant.

And, of course, shopping in North Kitsap includes all the cheer and lights and fun of the holiday events that accompany the season.

Skip the ferries, freeways and fill-ups. There is a lot to enjoy — and share — in shopping locally.

We wish you all the best this holiday season.


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