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Shop Local and practically Save the World

Have you started your Holiday shopping yet? No? Well let me share with you how to practically save the world or at least your local business owner one gift at a time.

 - LOOKIN GOOD? No, but they want to or at least YOU really want them to? How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?
- NEED TO TAKE A LOAD OFF? Or know someone who wants to? How about a 1 mth, 1 wk or 1 yr membership at the local Y or single class to get 'em started.
- WASH ME PLEASE! Locally owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
- SPREAD THE WEALTH. Or at least some mulch anyway. Get the local paver, landscaper or gardener to seal, mow or plow a driveway, yard or lawn.
- GOT FOOD? Surely there's a small owner run restaurant, brewery, pub, fresh market or diner in your 'hood offering gift certificates for the foodies in your life.
- SQUEAKY WHEELS ALWAYS GET THE GREASE. Get 'em an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle at the local auto body shop.
- DOWN AND DIRTY? Check out the services of a local cleaning lady for a day... or two.
- GET YOUR CRAFT ON. Knit, sew, paint, carve or make jewelry, pottery, glass, books or cards. Don't do any of that...find a local crafter who does.
- HEAD FOR THE DOORS. Local playhouses, drafthouses, ballets and theatres are waiting for you with open arms. Support them and make the holidays merry and bright.
- JINGLE BELLS?  Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Just some of the ways to support your home town, home made and heart sent. And remember...

Saturday, November 26th is Shop Small Business Day. Visit the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Like em and then go forth and shop small people! Start a revolution of locally made.

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