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 plan to do most of their holiday shopping locally or in Kitsap County.

That’s a welcome reverse from last year, when a majority of respondents said they planned to do most of their holiday shopping elsewhere.

The last three years of economic recovery have reminded us how important we are to each other. 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 nonprofits 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 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. Consider a gift certificate to a local gallery, store, or dinner at a local restaurant.

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, or a gift certificate for kayaking or other outdoor activities. Donate in someone’s name to the Kitsap Forest and Bay Project, and help buy 7,000 acres of local timberland for conservation and public use. Speaking of local causes, consider a donation in someone’s name to North Kitsap Fishline, or to North Kitsap Bellringer, or to another cause that meets local needs.

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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