This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
Started your Christmas list yet? Save some room on it for gifts bought from local merchants, especially those independently owned businesses that bring character and diversity to local communities.
While the recession has been hard on almost everyone, small businesses have been particularly affected. Many have closed, adding to the depressing number of “Space available” signs in local storefronts. Others are barely hanging on, and this holiday season could be make-or-break time for many of them.
Buying local – the subject reader columnist Kyle Price wrote about last week – isn’t just a boon for merchants’ bottom line. It also keeps dollars in the community – paying local workers’ salaries and paying sales tax to local governments so that they can provide vital services. This is especially important in states, like Washington, that rely heavily on sales taxes because they don’t have a state income tax. Read more »