Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


November 29, 2013

Ready, set — shop: Support our local economy

— — The 2013 holiday shopping season is officially underway. That means malls and department stores across the region will be bustling with activity today. It’s the day after Thanksgiving, a day more commonly known as Black Friday.

Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and usually a good measuring stick for the rest of the holiday shopping season. Stores across the region will be opening their doors bright and early this morning with lures of deep discounts and special buys on many sought-after holiday gifts. In fact, a good number of stores across our region decided this year to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day with some of the biggest and best deals of the year.

Many shopped throughout the night. And the shopping frenzy continues bright and early today. For many area families — mothers and daughters and fathers and sons — shopping on the day after Thanksgiving is a family tradition. It’s called Black Friday because its a day when retailers are expected to turn a profit, or go into the black, for the year. In fact, local merchants will be counting on your support this holiday season.

That’s why all area residents are strongly encouraged to support their local merchants this holiday season  — both big and small. This includes the many smaller and locally owned stores that can be found across the region, as well as the bigger department stores and malls.

While many may feel the temptation to travel out of town for their holiday shopping, we would urge them to shop close to home first — whether it is the Mercer Mall or a locally owned shop on Mercer Street in Princeton or downtown Bluefield.

Shopping locally, and supporting our local merchants, helps to keep our local economy strong. Those who shop locally also support our local restaurants and convenience stations as area families also need to eat, and purchase gas, after a long day of Christmas shopping.

That’s why it is so important to support our local stores. Odds are you will find what you are looking for close to home, and without having to travel out of town for your holiday gifts.

Please support our local merchants. Please shop locally. Please visit not only the big box department stores, but also the smaller specialty stores that can be found across the region.  Help our local merchants. Support our local economy by shopping right here in southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia. When you do this everyone wins.


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