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Our View: The importance of shopping local

With three weeks until Christmas, there are many people with plenty still left on their holiday shopping lists.

With the holiday nearing and many gifts still to be purchased, it is essential to remember the significance of shopping locally. For many small businesses, the Christmas shopping season plays a pivotal role in their income, and it is important to remember not only the shops along the main street but also the many vendors and those who are based out of their homes.

Over the past few decades, Black Friday and internet shopping has grown, so many people will try to get the best possible deals at a box store or larger business. While there certainly are some great deals, it is important to remember to shop local.

Can you get a great deal on television leading up to Christmas at a box store? Sure, but shopping local not only gives back to area businesses, but it is also a way to purchase a unique and more personal gift. For those who might not enjoy shopping or have trouble figuring out what to buy, a gift certificate at a restaurant or other business is a great way to support small-town America.

Owning a small business is tough and is certainly a challenge. Despite the numerous obstacles of a small business, the owners go above and beyond to provide services to area residents and give back to the community.

I see area businesses donating to local organizations, teams, and schools throughout the year. This is small-town America at its best, and it is fantastic to see this happen repeatedly in Three Forks.

These business owners always step up for the betterment of Three Forks, and it’s important to remember them at Christmas and throughout the year.

Also, check out the Legacy Trading Facebook page for a Christmas Countdown highlighting events and promotions from local businesses and organizations.

Whether it is a Saturday afternoon on Main Street or a pop-up event with numerous vendors, supporting small businesses in the next few weeks would be a boon to the Three Forks area.