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When finishing gifts, shot local first
News editorial
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As you’re frantically buying gifts and checking names of your holiday lists, please stop for a moment to consider our local stores, businesses and eateries.
Those who make the trek to Savannah — or further — in search of sales and deals may find more than they bargained for when it comes to parking congestion, crowded malls and picked-over selections. On the other hand, there’s a more pleasant experience to be had for those who choose to do their shopping in Bryan County this holiday season.
Customers will be greeted warmly by kind salespeople in area stores, and as they shop for friends and relatives, consumers can stop for breaks at local eateries or stop by J.F. Gregory Park to take a refreshing stroll.
The local Chamber of Commerce has worked hard to promote its “shop local” campaign by organizing its annual Christmas Stroll and — new this year — Holiday Market and creating a unique and festive atmosphere in which shoppers can register for prize drawings, enjoy refreshments, admire the city’s decorations and browse a wide selection of merchandise. The organization and those who support it have done all they can to ensure the continued success and longevity of local businesses. Reward their efforts by paying a visit to one of the local shops.
Those who do will find no shortage of gifts to choose from. Whether shoppers are looking for jewelry, clothing, children’s items or gourmet treats, Richmond Hill’s local merchants have a good selection. Additionally, consumers will save on gas and time by staying in the county.
And once a shopper pays for an item, the benefits really multiply. Money spent in local stores goes far beyond the cash register and has a bigger community impact than many residents realize. Conducting retail business close to home also helps sustain and create jobs and better wages. As businesses grow, they add employees to the payroll, which strengthens the local economy.
And, finally, shopping local breathes new life into the area by creating partnerships and a sense of unity. We all want to live in a thriving community. Why not do all you can to help make that happen?

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