Shopping small for holidays

Marietta and surrounding Washington County communities are filled with locally owned small businesses that offer shopping experiences one simply cannot find at the bigger, national chains. Today, Small Business Saturday, is a perfect opportunity to explore some of them — perhaps to get an edge in the unique-gift-giving department.

“It kicks off the holiday season for small businesses,” said Morgan Brown, member services manager for the Marietta Chamber of Commerce. “It gets people to spend local.”

Those who choose to shop small and local — not just today, but each time the opportunity arises — are investing not simply in the owners/operators of those businesses, but in their communities as a whole.

“(Small Business Saturday) helps put money back into the town,” said Sam Tuten, executive director for Marietta Mainstreet. “It also helps local businesses grow and prosper.”

Even better, “When you shop local, you’re not supporting a company. You’re supporting a person’s dream,” said Charlie Clay, owner of Dad’s Primitive Workbench on Front Street.

Of course, those big national retailers employ local people, too. But consider today the difference in the experience when you shop small. Add a trip to some of the businesses you will find no where else, as you plan your holiday shopping, folks. You may find it changes your shopping outlook entirely.