Shop Local Saturday!

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

Shop local Saturday happens once a  year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Of course it's always good to shop local as it keeps tax dollars, good and services in your community and helps local vendors stay in business.  

 

But why not making it "Shop Local Every Day?"  After all, we could all get into the habit that way and the benefits would explode! 

 

My Thanksgiving holiday is spent in Ames, Iowa, visiting my daughter and her family.  It's a treat and an annual tradition to shop local on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 

 

One of our stops included Dog Eared Books, which was founded by 2 moms  who opened up the book store in downtown Ames, Iowa.  They are a former journalist and a teacher who both love books and dogs. 

 

One of the owners handed me a sack for my leftovers from lunch, smiling and helpful!   It was a delight to witness eager shoppers perusing books, delighted to be there. 

Dog Eared Books, Ames, IA

 

Their special store has book recommendations and descriptions for almost every book.  Books are separated by grade levels, interests,  and categories with recommendation  noted throughout the store.   One owner's dog, Lovie, was manning the entrance and my granddaughter Emma gave her lots of attention. 

 

Dog Eared Books, Ames Iowa

 

The upstairs reading loft is heaven with comfy chairs and a sofa overlooking the store.  It's the perfect spot to read and ponder the selection of another book!

Dog Earned Books, Ames, Iowa

The Pumpkin Patch in Ames, Iowa is a tradition since 1978.  Toys, stuffed animals, books, and clothing are found locally for their store shelves!  The store is unique in that it's family owned and operated.   This store is an annual tradition.   Emma always finds a treasure! 

 

The Pumpkin Patch, Ames, Iowa

Emma selected a cute, squishy stuffed animal for her collection.  The bear has held prominent positions during lunch, and eventually took to swinging with Emma. 

Emma with her new bear

Chocolatier Stam was first founded over 200 years ago in Amsterdam.  The family eventually migrated to Iowa where the first US store was located.  Now known as Stam Chocolate, this beautiful shop in Ames hosts long cases of Dutch chocolates and Gelato.  This treat of a store is welcoming and meticulous in presentation and a delight to visit! 

Stam Chocolates, Ames, IA

Stam Chocolates

Stam Chocolates, Ames, IA

Our shopping is complete and we walk back to my daughter's home.  Emma ended our walk with her bear flying high! 

Emma ends the day

 

When you shop local, you'll keep Main Streets vibrant and reduce blight with fewer vacant buildings.  Buying local, you'll save shipping costs, reduce pollution and carbon emissions by trucking products from manufacturing facilities to fill shelves. 

 

Visiting from Arizona, it was a real treat to experience the fall weather in Iowa.  Appreciating all things old, I loved seeing the older architecture and friendly Iowa residents :) 

 

If you haven't shopped local before, please plan on it next year.  Find a spot in your city where you can walk to many stores.  Research in advance to find holiday gifts for your gift giving recipients.  You can pass on the tradition and create your own annual traditions! 

 

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Comments (11)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jan,

What a lovely post from Ames, Iowa.  I have actually been there many moons ago.  We just bought a bottle of wine from our local wine warehouse.  The owner is a wonderful person and very helpful.  A

Nov 27, 2021 03:39 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jan- our son-in-law's parents graduated from Iowa State!  I love to shop at local retailers when I can!!! They are a big part of the community and often do a lot to give back to their community. 

Nov 27, 2021 04:26 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jan - while Shop Local Saturday may be officially celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, people can participate year-round.  I have seen a sign that seems most appropriate:  Buy Local or Bye Local.  

Nov 28, 2021 03:41 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Thanks for sharing Jan! Shop local needs to practiced more!

Find a spot in your city where you can walk to many stores.  Research in advance to find holiday gifts for your gift giving recipients.  You can pass on the tradition and create your own annual traditions! 

Nov 28, 2021 04:17 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Jan - our town is full of local and we do shop there.  Thanks for taking us on a tour of the local shops in Ames, Iowa.

Nov 28, 2021 05:12 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for commenting Ron and Alexandra Seigel , even though you've been there!  It is a quaint town and I love visiting my daughter and walking the city streets.  Have a wonderful holiday season!

Nov 28, 2021 08:09 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What an interesting coincidence Kathy Streib !  I bet they are wonderful people and now family.  Thank you for commenting and have a great holiday season! 

Nov 28, 2021 08:10 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Michael Jacobs I almost changed my blog yesterday to "Shop Local Year Round" but left it.  I'm going to add another paragraph so thank you for that reminder.  I love that phrase - bye - makes  a good point!  Have a wonderful holiday season!

Nov 28, 2021 08:11 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Yes, Sham Reddy CRS , it does!  If we all shopped local vs. depending on Amazon, small business owners might survive!  Enjoy the holidays!

Nov 28, 2021 08:12 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Grant Schneider Thank you for pointing that out.  I just looked up Armonk and pleasantly surprised by your town's population and size.  You DEFINITELY know all about shopping local vs. big box stores.  Happy Holidays! 

Nov 28, 2021 08:14 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Always a great thing to start off the holiday season locally. Local bookstores always have wonderful  stuff and there are always some goodies at the local bakery as well this time of year

Nov 28, 2021 02:04 PM