{November 27, 2011}   Keeping It Local This Holiday Season

Saturday, November 26 was “Small Business Saturday.” The brainchild of American Express, this campaign encourages shoppers to do at least some of their holiday shopping at those small, locally-owned establishments that are the lifeblood of a community. Forget the Mall – Main Street is where it’s at!

The eclectic mix of local businesses is what gives Downtown Greenville its unique character. I mean, where else but Dark Corner Distillery could you purchase a bottle of moonshine, made of local ingredients and distilled right here on Main Street. Where else but at Palmetto Drum Company would you be able to meet Freddie, a true craftsman who custom makes drum kits for some of the best musicians in the South? And art lovers can not only view some incredible local art at the Matthew Campbell Gallery, but they can meet the artist too.

But don’t limit yourself to only the 26th for frequenting small businesses – make shopping local part of your holiday mantra. Need a sweet treat for a family gathering? Get a batch of Red Velvet cupcakes at Chocolate Moose on Main or a gorgeous cake at Coffee to a Tea. Looking for some holiday music? Instead of going to one of those huge “super-stores” with their limited selection, go by Horizon Records and buy some classic tunes on vinyl. Got a funky fashionista on your gift list? You could go to one of those designer chain stores and shell out hundreds for a purse that will be on everyone’s arm next season, or opt for a uniquely beautiful vintage handbag from the 1950’s at Clothing Wearhouse.

So, whether you visit the Saturday Market in the summer, the SLAM Local Art Market in the Fall or any of the wonderfully diverse businesses located in our beautiful Downtown, shop local and enjoy the charm of Main Street all year long.


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