Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday. Black Friday. Midnight Blue Thursday (OK, we made that up, but it still needs a name because it's probably here to stay).
All of the named shopping days for the holidays are behind us but almost a month lies ahead of us before Christmas, and there is plenty of shopping that will take place between now and then. Before you click that mouse, or make a trip downstate or elsewhere, we encourage you to look around and shop locally.
For reasons too numerous to list, shopping locally makes sense and is a wise choice.
Shopping locally keeps money in the community; it helps friends and neighbors stay employed; it shows people that Northeast Michigan matters.
Why does it show Northeast Michigan matters? Simple, because these local businesses support local causes. They give to fundraisers, they host fundraisers, the sponsor fundraisers - all in the hope of helping local people and charities. They are your neighbors, family and friends and they employ your neighbors, family and friends.
When you shop out of town, you say that you not only don't support local business or local jobs, you don't believe Northeast Michigan matters, that somehow it isn't worthy of your time and money. But honestly, is spending a day or a weekend traveling, spending money not only on gifts, but also gas, food and lodging really a good investment? It just adds to the cost of those gifts.
We hear the argument already about big corporations doing business locally taking their profits elsewhere. That may be true, but the people who work for those companies are Northeast Michigan through and through, and by spending money there you are helping to pay their wages. These out-of-town corporations support local endeavors and charities. Easy question: Does that downstate company give to the local United Way or other local charities? No, it probably doesn't.
Big presents, small presents, gift certificates, any kind of gift can be found here. Maybe you can't get that pie-in-the-sky present here, but is it truly necessary?
Buy local first.