Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Shopping Small Business: This Saturday, November 26th

I've written a few posts about this over the years:

-- "Shopping Main Street: Small Business Saturday," 2011
-- "Saturday November 24th, Small Business Saturday," 2012
-- "Small Business Saturday, November 29th, 2014 and shopping locally," 2014
-- "Shopping local during the holidays: Small Business Saturday and beyond," 2015
-- "President Obama and his daughters shop on Small Business Saturday," 2015

and I don't feel the need to write another post saying the same things.  Click on one randomly if you so choose.

Retailers seem to believe that the holiday shopping season will be fruitful ("National Retail Federation Forecasts Holiday Sales to Increase 3.6%, NRF press release; "Retailers Holiday Sales Outlook: Not So Horrible This Year," Investors Business Daily; "Department Stores Change Tactics as They Lose Ground to Screens," Bloomberg).

Like how consumer sentiment (called "consumer confidence" by economists) shifted after the election--Republicans who had felt the economy was bad changed their tune once Donald Trump won the election and for Democrats is was reversed--I am not particularly positive.

Hopefully I am wrong.

Regardless, rather than buying stuff that will end up in landfills, why not buy more meaningful gifts, and from independent retailers, for whom the sale means a lot more and has more economic impact locally.

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At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

American Express used to support this (admittedly) very generously with rebates and incentives for cardholders. But they stopped. That, and Costco not accepting their cards anymore, is the primary reason why I closed two Amex card accounts this past year.

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

yeah, I know, but do you really need to get a financial inducement to make a point of spending more of your dollars at locally owned stores?

This is a question, not a pejorative statement.

On last year's post on this subject, someone made a similar comment.

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