So, my least favorite day of the year, Black Friday, is coming up.
Overzealous shoppers re-enacting the Battle of Shiloh over the last Tickle-Me-Elmo while coming out of post-Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing hangovers is not my idea of a good time. In fact, I think I’d rather attend a seminar on alternative power sources for the hospital food service industry while semi-trained rhesus monkeys jab forks into my sides for eight hours than go anywhere near a commercial shopping center the day after Thanksgiving.
However, if you simply have to go out and shop on this day, I’d like to encourage you to consider locally owned and operated businesses.
A short while ago, I went ga-ga over an effort to keep local dollars local. The cause is called the 350 project, and it’s there to tell you why spending your local dollars on local businesses will serve your local community in the long run.
So here’s what I’m going to do. In this thread, I’m going to allow local businesses, particularly in Fulton and Montgomery counties but I’m willing to include Saratoga and Schenectady counties, to advertise what they’ve got going on for the holiday season.
Here’s the deal. You must be a locally-owned business and employ local people. You can’t be a part of any franchise or national chain. You business must have started locally, and it must operate locally. Basically, the definitions of an “independent” business, as defined by The 350 Project, apply here.
As long as you meet these guidelines, feel free to list your holiday shopping season deals here. I’d rather see the dollars spent here stay here.
NOTE: Also remember that this blog only reaches a limited audience, so please remember to advertise in your local paper, too 🙂 )