VOTE EVERYDAY… shop local

We vote everyday with the choices we make!

Funny how a few days before election, everyone is jumping up and down urging you to get out and vote! “MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!” …well I am here to encourage the same thing but on a more local and more “everyday” level.
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Apparently Albany is getting our SECOND Walmart. These type of big box stores do NOTHING for the local economy. They take our dollars and ship them right out of here! They buy mostly from China.
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They drive out the Mom and Pop stores that bring this town their charm. Locally owned businesses are the ones that keep your money here in your own town — your own country!! There is a tight network of small business owners here in Albany that are feeling the crunch of The Big Box Stores.
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Customer service??? Big Box Stores sell everything from tampons to car batteries so an experienced staff is out of the question. Mom and Pop stores usually specialize in the products they carry and are quite knowledgeable, helping you make the right choice.
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Unfortunately now is the time when these BOX stores will really thrive. Everyone is pinching pennies and searching for the best buy. Everyone wants the most for less. Well, it’ll cost ya… and you won’t know how much until it’s too late.
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I vividly remember the last few months in my store front, people openly admitting to me that they came to my open houses and my “free sampling” days and classes to get information and then go order online elsewhere. One of these same ladies (who NEVER spent a dime in my store, I will add) actually called me once I had closed and said how much she would miss it and what a shame.
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Yes, what a shame that I couldn’t volunteer my days to help educate her and build some other business. IT DID COST HER. You vote with your shopping carts. What you don’t support will go away.
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Now that I am in ad sales with the paper, I am hearing these same stories daily from local business owners struggling to keep their doors open. I HAVE A SUGGESTION: This holiday season as your buying gifts for loved ones, try to bless those struggling with local businesses.
Challenge yourself and see how many gifts you can buy from locally owned businesses, You’ll be giving your community a wonderful gift.
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There’s also an added bonus in it for you. Small businesses are usually cozy and quaint. They are well decorated with holiday music and often have complimentary coffee or tea. It’s a pleasant shopping experience compared to that of long lines with screaming kids and overflowing buggies accented by flickering flourecscent lights and blarring announcements like “clean-up on aisle one thousand ten”!!!

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