Our view: Shopping local
by Daily Mountain Eagle
Nov 25, 2012 | 834 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday now over, and Cyber Monday set for tomorrow, the holiday shopping season is in full swing.

This is the time of year that many local establishments do the bulk of their annual busines. For the next month, the Daily Mountain Eagle challenges its readers and area citizens to shop locally in an effort to support businesses in Walker County.

We all benefit when local stores thrive. Shopping local can assist those stores and help them to continue to provide jobs right here at home.

There’s definitely something special about shopping in downtown Jasper at this time of year. The historic courthouse square, which is decked out for the season, provides a perfect ambiance for holiday shopping.

Whether it’s downtown Jasper or shopping from Carbon Hill to Sumiton on the highway, there are a variety of locally-owned stores that can provide most of the items on your Christmas wish lists.

Local retail stores and mom-and-pop shops face tough challenges from big box stores and online sellers. While some of your shopping needs will no doubt have to be done inside a Mega-Low Mart or an online store, we ask you set some of your dollars aside for local shops.

One great way to be sure money is spent in Walker County is to take advantage of the Chamber Checks program being offered by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.

The checks, which come in $10 increments, are a great alternative to gift cards. The checks spend just like cash and may be used at more than 200 chamber-member businesses. The checks are distributed in an information brochure, explaining how the program works and where the recipient may redeem their Chamber Checks.

Support Walker County. Support area merchants. Shop local this holiday season.

- Daily Mountain Eagle