Moonlight Madness: Keeps Christmas shopping local

On Nov. 25, Moonlight Madness in Fort St. James brought out a good crowd to various shops and businesses throughout town.

  • Wed Nov 30th, 2016 6:00am
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Fields was one of the shops open late on Nov. 25 for the annual Moonlight Madness in Fort St. James.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

On Nov. 25, Moonlight Madness in Fort St. James brought out a good crowd to various shops and businesses throughout town.

The Fort St. James Chamber of Commerce invited all to take part in some local late night shopping in preparation for the Christmas season.

According to the FSJ Chamber of Commerce, for every $1000 that you spend locally, up to $75 stays within the community as compared to about $13 when you purchase goods at big box chain stores.

Keeping these dollars within the community helps promote economic health and growth.

Here are some more reasons to shop locally especially during the Christmas season:

Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.

Shopping small is kinder to the environment, saves on travel costs and emissions.

The majority of new jobs are created by small businesses and promote in economic diversification.

Interesting businesses are a vital part of thriving communities and give small towns their character and personality.

Everybody wins big when shopping local. When you spend locally, you help build the community as much as you are when volunteering at a local school or club.