Wow; it’s a busy holiday week! We’re rolling together 3 different topics into this one post, to encourage you to keep your holiday plans local and stress-free! Continue reading
Try Local First!
I think we’ve all been complacent shoppers at some point, and have inevitably ended up at a national chain for a product we need. Sometimes it’s just easier and more convenient. But if we are serious about growing our local economy (and I know we are!), then we all need to Try Local First.
I recently had a great local shopping experience. Our beloved family pet passed away recently, and I wanted to find a way to commemorate her life. I had the thought that a stepping stone with her name on it would be nice; something we could make as a family and put in our flower garden, her favorite outdoor spot. There are kits for these at the national craft and hobby chain stores. But I thought I’d Try Local First and check out the products at KatieBeth’s Learning Garden.
What a gem of a store! It’s tucked away in the Galleria Shopping Center on Elliott Road in Chapel Hill. It’s full of all things crafty and educational for kids.
I poked around a little, but didn’t see a stepping stone kit. I asked the friendly sales person and was told that they just had a kit come in on consignment. I admit that I was a little nervous about buying it; judging from the pictures on the cover of the box (one stone says “Tim’s First Goal, 1994″), it looked like it was a kit from the 1990’s!
But all the pieces seemed to be in the kit, along with the instructions, so I decided to purchase it. It worked beautifully! We ended up with a wonderful stepping stone in honor of our sweet cat.
So the next time you are tempted to do the easy thing and shop at a national chain: Try Local First, and you may be surprised what you find!
Admit it – we are all looking for snacks. Something that will fill a lunch box or a hunger.
Hoping these quick tips will help those snacks stay local and gluten free!
Don’t forget dried fruit both store bought and homemade.
Here are some local NC brands to consider looking into: