Take time to shop locally

Thursday, September 10, 2009

This weekend, the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual fall sidewalk sale. Several area businesses will participate in this event by offering discounts on merchandise and services.

The annual sidewalk sale gives community members an excellent opportunity to help support the local economy. Sales tax collected from purchases made during the event benefit Cassville and the entire Barry County area by helping to pay for services, like law enforcement and road maintenance.

The City of Cassville and the Cassville Senior Center will also join together again this weekend to host the annual fall city-wide yard sale. This event gives area residents an opportunity to offer used items to their neighbors for a small fee instead of sending those items to a landfill.

The annual fall city-wide yard sale also serves as a fundraiser for the Cassville Senior Center, which offers maps to help yard sale goers locate participating residences. Funds raised during the event benefit the senior center's meals program and other services

In addition, throughout this month, the St. John's Hospital-Cassville Auxiliary is celebrating Christmas in September by offering shoppers a 10 percent discount on hospital gift shop merchandise. Funds raised through the gift shop are used to purchase valuable equipment for patients who utilize the hospital.

Residents who live outside Cassville can also support the local economy by shopping at businesses in their local towns this weekend. Each dollar spent locally not only fuels the entire Barry County community but ensures job security for hundreds of employees across the area.

Area communities have done an excellent job of promoting local businesses throughout the summer. Exeter hosted Dog Day Dollars in August and the Washburn, Seligman, Shell Knob and Cassville chambers of commerce have hosted community events to promote local businesses.

This weekend, we encourage community members across the county to step up to the challenge and spend a few extra dollars locally. Whether you choose to take advantage of Cassville's sidewalk sale, save a few items from a landfill, support the local hospital or just stop by a store in your hometown you will help put valuable dollars back into our local economy, and who knows, maybe you will find a few good deals too.

Lindsay Reed