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Anderson’s Bookshop is offering customers 30-percent off one item on Small Business Saturday. Manager Jordan Arias said the day has become one of the retailer’s busiest days of the year and explained shopping local helps keep the downtown area vibrant and thriving.
“When people buy online, no local tax dollars are paid, so there’s no revenue going back to the town. About $68 of every $100 spent in a local business stays in the community,” she said. “When you see empty storefronts in downtown areas, it’s because people have decided that convenience is more important than community.”
Tates Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop turns into a gingerbread wonderland over the holiday season and offers many activities for families to enjoy. For $5, customers can get a scoop of ice cream and a gingerbread house, candy and frosting to decorate at the store. The shop also hosts a gingerbread contest, where residents can buy an undecorated gingerbread house for $10 and decorate it at home before returning it to the store.
Owner Maria Marciniec said the shop used to close in October, but they’re now able to stay open because of the holiday activities.
“We’re all about community and shopping local,” she said. “People always say they love small stores and don’t want them to go away, but technology has taken people out of those small stores, which makes it harder for small businesses to exist.”