Shopping locally is a community Holiday tradition

Posted: Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Whether the holiday is Thanksgiving, Quanza, Chanukah, or Christmas, all holidays are filled with extra warmth and appreciation when a gift, card, or grocery item when it is purchased from a business in your local community. These are the businesses that employ folks you know, trust, and build fellowship with throughout the year. The owners of local businesses are the people who have invested in, created jobs for and are here to serve our community and make it the great place it is to live. They are the ones who are able to contribute to scholarship programs for our kids, sponsor sporting, cultural, and charitable events and they do it because this is where they do business and earn their livings. Nobody does customer service better than your locally owned business. Shipping and handling fees have already been paid and you save a long drive over hazardous winter roads.

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Susan Jordan of the family-owned Fireweed Gifts in Kenai has a wide variety of candles and unique holiday gifts.

It's that time of year when shopping is more fun than the holiday itself, so look around, stop by somewhere you've never shopped before and see what they have. It's a great time to meet Susan and Porter Jordan at the Fireweed Herb and Gift located on Forest Dr. in Kenai, and to see the shop's unique array of gift items and delicious espresso. Want the fun of creating an heirloom from family memorabilia? Make a point to see Brian Erwin at Frames & Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna, and he'll show you how to do it yourself with everything you need to make it perfect, and last for generations. Remember that Christmas toy that didn't need batteries or an encyclopedia of instructions to assemble, but lasted forever? Stop by Kathy O'Guinn's headquarters for specialty toys on K-Beach Rd. in the Red Diamond Center known as "Reindeer Pause" and create a Holiday memory for your kids and grandkids.

Or if you want to start a new holiday tradition for your loved ones by giving a gift of health and beauty, consider a gift package from Karlene's Acupuncture & Day Spa. This shop is located across from CPH in Soldotna, and just visiting to select your gift is calming with the options to can pick your own Spa Day Packages starting at $100 that can include a facial, massage, salt glow, steam bath or foot detox. And if you are all thumbs when it comes to gift wrapping, check out the wide variety of items at Northcountry Fair, where Amirah Marey will wrap any purchase to perfection.

These are just a few of the many specialty stores in our community who will ad that personal touch and extra glow to your holiday shopping experience.

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