For the Record: How important is shopping locally for the holidays?
Each week, The Park Record asks For the Record, encouraging residents and visitors to weigh in on a topic of interest. This week, the holidays are in full swing and, like many of you, we are busy getting gifts together and have everything ready to go by the end of the month. We asked locals whether or not their holiday shopping should be local after Park City encouraged shoppers to think small for Small Business Saturday. Comment with your answer below, or consider sending a letter to the editor.
Tom Pinkney, Pinebrook
“I’m the manager of a local business and I encourage shopping local for sure. I try to do it myself as much as I can. It doesn’t always work out that way but I do encourage it. It is difficult to shop local (for some things).”
Ralph and Carole McKay, Jeremy Ranch
“We try and shop in Park City when we can. Sometimes, shopping anywhere is difficult. We love Kimball Junction and all the boutique shopping around here. There are several shops in Kimball Junction that we go to frequently because we’re trying to support Park City.”
Doug Zakaras, Pinebrook
“I think convenience and price is really important. We live in a town where things can be expensive and traffic can be really bad. That keeps me from driving into town to buy an average Christmas gift. But when it comes to bigger purchases and people I know that run small businesses here, I would support them by buying local.”
Sue Medinger, Timberline
“I buy individual-type things locally as much as I can. Something kitschy or a unique item, not the same as everything else, (I’ll buy locally). But my grandson wants an Xbox, so you get that stuff online.”
Quotations have been edited for clarity and length.
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