I don't look forward to going to shopping malls at any time of the year, even less so during the holidays. This year I've resolved myself to doing all my shopping in town. Why bother trekking out to the mall to purchase your holiday gifts when we have so many unique independently owned stores in Westport?
Shopping at locally owned and operated businesses is more than just a way to avoid traffic and crowds; it also has practical economic implications. A study conducted by Civic Economics, an economic analysis and strategic planning company, found that for every $100 spent at a locally owned store, $68 remained in the local economy compared to $43 spent with a big-box retailer. By shopping locally, you're not only making your life easier, you're doing something to support your community.
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