The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 27, 2013

Spend those gift dollars locally

The Commercial-News

---- — The day immediately following Thanksgiving — and in many cases, Thanksgiving Day itself — will mark the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. A time when consumers go on the hunt for the best possible deals to fill in their gift lists.

Shoppers in the Danville area will see a bonanza of new opportunities this holiday season.

During the past year, the city has seen several major department/clothing retailers — Kohl’s, Burlington, T.J. Maxx and Meijer among them — open their doors. Along with those, there’s add a new book store at the Village Mall and several other merchants both at the mall and in downtown Danville. They expand the types and styles of merchandise already on the shelves of existing businesses.

It all adds up to plenty of variety for local consumers.

Local is the word that deserves the emphasis here. Spending dollars at local merchants not only means good deals for the consumers, it helps increase tax revenue for local government. That helps reduce the dependence on other types of taxes, such as property tax, to provide services to the public.

Spending locally also supports jobs, increases traffic to other businesses and — in these days when gasoline remains at more than $3 a gallon — can save money when compared to traveling to another city just to shop. Obviously, shopping locally cuts down on travel time as well.

So, when you’re putting together this year’s gift list, checj out local stores first. Changes are good you’ll find the goods you want and prices you like. And that ends up being a happy holiday for everyone.

As the clock ticks toward Friday, we’ll borrow a quote from Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” as Max proclaims, “Let the wild rumpus start!”