Berwyn merchants look forward to holiday shopping season
|Laurie Richter (left), owner of Fly Right Gifts, accepts a delivery of bath goods from Stephanie Miller. Miller owns a line of handmade bath products made in Berwyn.|
At Fly Right Gifts in the Depot District, owner Laurie Richter is all about keeping holiday shopping within the community.
She even recently hosted a Letters to Santa Day in conjunction with the Berwyn Park District. Although the event does benefit her business, Richter said she felt the program was intended to make area children happy.
“It’s more of a community thing,” she said. “The Park District puts out the mailbox and kids can come in and get ideas of what to ask Santa for.”
While major chain stores will spend the holiday shopping season trying to undercut each other, Richter said local retailers work together to bring more shoppers into town. She said some of the major advantages to shopping locally for holiday gifts are service, unique gift ideas and in some cases, free gift wrapping.
“More money stays in the community (when people shop locally),” she said. “Then I try to shop locally, too, and it keeps spreading the holiday cheer.”
But Fly Right Gifts isn’t the only local business pulling out the stops to gain a slice of the holiday spending pie.
Serendipity Antiques hosted a special Small Business Saturday event this past weekend, which gave 10 percent of the day’s gross to the Berwyn Women’s Club.
Studio 22 in Berwyn also will bulk up its retail offerings for the holiday season. Customers who spend more than $25 will receive a free keychain, and people who buy panels from its Modular22 show will receive a free show poster.
Back at Fly Right Gifts on Friday, Richter took in a shipment from Berwyn Betty, a locally owned company that offers a homemade line of bath products.
During a June interview with Berwyn Life, Stephanie Miller, owner of Berwyn Betty, said local shops and products give residents a chance to be conscientious with the way they spend their money.
“People are getting fed up with the whole Walmart mentality,” she told Berwyn Life. “People want to be able to make a belief statement with the way they spend their own dollar.”
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