Friday, December 2, 2011

Avoiding pepper spray


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

Yes, friends, it's Christmas shopping time. Hundreds of us will pour out of town to explore the box stores of Twin Falls and Boise. Many will use the Internet to order from other locations. Some will use catalogs and magazines to order their Christmas presents. Aren't we forgetting something?

Maybe it's time to think outside the box ... stores. What about your friends who own local businesses? Now is not the time to desert your local pals. Would it hurt to stay home and shop? I don't think so. It's your community and your home. Spread your gift-giving purchases right here in Blaine County.

I've heard folks say it's too expensive up here to buy gifts in retail stores. Well, what about the gas you use to go out of town to shop? If you have to pay a dollar more for some socks from the owner of a local store whose daughter goes to the same school as your son, well, do it! We do everything up here together, from skiing, hiking and boating to attending local theater, the library and open-air concerts. These are your "peeps." Support them when they need your business. It's a win-win proposition.

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There are many ways to use the products of your neighbors as gifts. Gift certificates are a wonderful method. These certificates can be from any form of services, from lawn care to haircuts, from car washes to greens fees, from oil changes to house cleaning—any local service could be used as a Christmas gift this year and keep our dollars here in the county. Think about it. There are a lot of folks up here who make their own arts and crafts, grow their own foods and alter their own clothes. A local gift made in this area should have more value, especially if you're mailing it out to friends and families in other parts of the country. It's our brand we are selling, not Boise's, not Nevada's, not China's. It was made in Blaine County by one of our neighbors.

This holiday season, keep it real, keep it local and avoid getting pepper sprayed.

Nice shopping with you.




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