Local Shopping Great Way to Support Local Economy

To the editor:
As we enter the holiday season, I would like to take the opportunity to remind the community of North Manchester to visit our local businesses for many of your holiday shopping needs.
We have many unique retailers and specialty stores in our fine community, and they carry many items that make for quality choices for Christmas or holiday gifts.
It’s easy to get in the habit of driving thru town on the way to Ft. Wayne, assuming that we have to  travel nearly an hour to have our needs met.  I would encourage you this year, to venture into our stores and businesses, whether in the downtown area or on the west side of town, to see how much of your shopping you can accomplish within our own city limits.
You may be pleasantly surprised what you will find, while saving the cost of fuel, not spending the extra time driving, and fighting the more often than not hectic traffic and long lines associated with “mall shopping.”
A great time to start your in town shopping would be this weekend, when many businesses within North Manchester will be participating in the Holiday Open Houses.  Most of the participating businesses are offering specials and discounts as well.
The Chamber of Commerce also sells Chamber Bucks, which are available in $5, $10, and $20 increments and can be used just like cash at many North Manchester places of business.
We all win when we shop local.  We support our local economy, and we support each other. Our business community and North Manchester in general grows as we support one another.
Tim McLaughlin
NM Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director


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