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Keeping Holiday Shopping Local To Give Back To The Community

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An expensive time of year is upon us, as so many Americans plan ahead to budgeting for the holidays. The American Research Group says an average American spends $800.00 on gifts during the holiday season. Now, some local store owners are asking you to spend those hundreds of dollars more wisely.

Malls are hustling and bustling with holiday shoppers trying to "snag" an early deal. But, there's a group of people doing everything they can to make sure you come shopping down here for the holidays.

Ashley Morken- Unglued Owner: "Downtown our whole slogan for this winter season is holiday shopping is fun again." Unglued is just one of the stores, with an agenda. Morken: "When you buy local, you are supporting local businesses." Trying to make you ditch the mall. Morken: "The money goes back into the community more than it does when you go to larger big box stores."

According to American Express, if you buy a local cup of  coffee $3.40 goes back to the community. Where as, a national coffee chain only gives back $2.15.

Morken: "It's important to support our community all together." So these shop owners have been coming up with a plan. Morken: "We have a lot of events that are just fun and refreshing." Over at lot 2029 the open sign might confuse you, they should be closed on a Sunday. "They will kinda be walking by and be like oh it's open!"

Part of the plan is new holiday hours. "It can be hard to come downtown sometimes on weekdays, when we are not open as late." While you are out spending money on others. This small community wants you to think "twice" about where those dollars are actually going.

Morken: "People just really have that community vibe when you are downtown." The Saturday after thanksgiving has been declared Small Business Saturday. It's a day to celebrate the small shop movement and drive shoppers to local merchants.

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