Shop Local This Holiday Season And Support Your Friends And Neighbors

Christmas is right around the corner, and for those of you who love to wait until the last minute to check off all the names on your shopping list, there are some great local options to help you find that perfect present. The Finger Lakes Region is packed full of shops, artisans, farms and boutiques with gifts for every stocking on the mantle. The area’s many wineries, breweries and cideries are truly special and are an incredible anchor to the retail sector.
 
Also while shopping this year, consider giving gift cards to local restaurants and shops, or making a charitable donation to a local women’s shelter in support of domestic violence victims, the homeless shelter, the humane society or an addiction recovery center in someone’s name or memory. These are thoughtful presents that support our neighbors and can make a real impact in the community.
 
SMALL BUSINESSES CONTINUE TO THRIVE DUE TO QUALITY GOODS
 
Many Finger Lakes Region small businesses thrive simply due to the quality of their services and products. Across the U.S., retail sales during November and December are expected to jump as much as 4.2 percent, to a whopping $730 billion in sales, compared to last season. The more shoppers spend in their communities, the stronger the economic impact will be to the local and state economies.
 
One great way to support the region is to participate in the 24 Days of Shopping Small challenge, which is already in progress. Leading up to Christmas Eve, shoppers are encouraged to use a Shop Small Passport to keep track of how many small businesses they visit during the busy holiday shopping season. For those participating in the event, rewards include great discounts and products.  

I have personally had the great pleasure of watching the Finger Lakes Region grow into a world-class destination. What was once a quaint corner of New York has turned into a booming tourist attraction with unparalleled goods and services. None of this would be possible without the support of area residents who continue to invest in their neighbors. With only 11 shopping days left, I look forward to finishing my holiday shopping alongside each of you at the many great destinations we have right in our backyard.
 
What do you think?  I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York state. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, email me at kolbb@nyassembly.gov, find me by searching for Assemblyman Brian Kolb on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter

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