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Our View: City shows its urban side with post-holiday shopping

December 26, 2018

Christmas Day may be over, but the increasingly lengthy retail season is not.

The after-Christmas sales offer attractive prices and some deep discounts to merchandise retailers planned to move during the holidays. Traditionally, a big percent of the sales focus on clothing and soft goods, but there are still buys to be had in all kinds of categories. Besides, national trends don’t always hold up in a local market.

Our point is this: Many people take a few days off around Christmas and seek out things to do. Shopping for bargains locally might be an ideal way to spend a day and, possibly take care of any gift returns at the same time.

This isn’t an original thought, of course. But the face of retail has changed so much that it’s worth remembering the value of small, local businesses. It’s easy to punch a bottom to buy something, but that hardly delivers in the same way as handling an object or trying it on before purchase.

There are some extra advantages to shopping locally. The first and most obvious to many is that it’s easy to make an entertaining day of it, combining it with a meal in a restaurant or a movie and a nightcap of holiday lights.

In a city where a lot of the focus and fun is centered on the great outdoors, it’s worth remembering some urban experiences can be found as well.

Of maybe greater benefit are the sales taxes and jobs that come from local shopping. Even while some internet sales generate state sales taxes, very few help a local community pay for road repairs and police services and other municipal needs.

Then there are the jobs. Simply put: They are needed. They create payrolls that turnover many time as workers spend their paychecks on food and housing and clothes and other essentials.

Spend some of the holiday week checking out the local shops and sales. The results can be surprising and rewarding.

— Today’s News-Herald

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