Kenosha News Editorial: Buy Local This Holiday Season | Editorial

Ready or not, Christmas is just around the corner. While it may be tempting to just go online to shop, now is the time to buy local.

The holiday season for Kenosha kicked off on Friday evening, November 26, 2021, with hundreds of people gathered downtown to witness the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, including Old Saint Nick himself.

The festivities began outside the Kenosha Public Museum, where the towering conifer, generously donated this year by Kenosha residents Penny Stage and Rob Walker, was lit up to cheers from the crowd and continued on downtown with activities, entertainment and promotions.

The past two years have been strange to say the least. Early businesses were forced to shut down when COVID first came out. Businesses were able to reopen, but then faced a whole new set of problems this year as they struggled to afford the rising cost of labor and the rising cost of other supplies.

Now that we enter the holiday season, there are plenty of reasons to shop local.

Stores in the Kenosha area were busy as Black Friday shoppers on November 26, 2021 braced for the upcoming holiday season, and many were thankful to return to shopping in person.

On the one hand, you don’t have to worry about whether your gift will arrive on time due to shipping issues, you will already have it on hand. There are a lot of options out there. Maybe you buy something unique at a local gift shop or buy a gift certificate for a local attraction or restaurant – a clue, you can even buy them online.

But shopping in the city center, in one of the other parts of town or in the surrounding communities is more than buying a gift. It’s a chance to give back to the community. This is a chance to bond with family and friends if you go out shopping together. You shop and then grab a bite to eat.

For many small stores, they need a good December to get through the rest of the year. The course of the month can mean the difference between keeping the doors open or having to close.

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Now is the time to check out the new boutique in town or go back to an old favorite, before it’s too late.

Yes, there are some on your list that you may need to purchase a specific item for. But there is also the option of buying a fun gift for a teacher or a unique hostess gift.

These are the local businesses that sponsor Little League teams and donate silent auction items to help nonprofits.

Now is the time to give back to these local businesses, while finding the perfect gift for your aunt, dad and grandma at the same time. Now is the time to buy local.

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