Shop Locally, Support Our Estes Park Businesses
From Kris & Gary Hazelton
We have always been eager to support our local businesses here in Estes Park. It’s just the right thing to do. It’s not business, it’s personal.
There’s nothing more fun, especially during this holiday season, than to take the time to visit all of the unique shops in Estes Park to find the perfect Christmas gift for someone you love.
The best part is when the business is locally owned; it’s not just a business, but a person you’re dealing with-possibly a neighbor or someone you know from the gym or the park or school events. It’s personal.
We think of the excitement they must have had when first getting the idea for the business, putting it together and actually seeing it take shape. Then, as the excitement slowly fades and the reality of success or failure is in plain view, the realization of such a brave move takes hold.
It is all of our responsibility to help our local business people succeed. It is the core of our community, the lifeblood. Without our local business partners, we would be left with only the large national chains with no ties to our community, only looking to take our money and run when times get rough.
So, this holiday season, we have made a pact with ourselves to purchase everything we possibly can from local purveyors. Home decor, music, wine, gourmet food, books, even clothes for our trendy teenagers can be found in businesses owned by those who live among us.
Sure, we might pay a little more, but that extra coin will stay in our community, not be shipped off to some corporate headquarters somewhere.
And by purchasing locally, we get hometown service. It’s nice to be able to pick up the phone and get an actual person on the line or walk into a place and talk to the same person who sold you an item.
Holiday dinners and parties? We’re all about local restaurants only. There’s something to be said about walking into a place “where everyone knows your name.”
Not that all locally owned businesses are perfect. Many of them are owned by people who have never been in business for themselves before. But because they dreamed and dared, I think we can cut them a little slack while they work out the kinks. If we stick with them now, think of the gratitude they will show us later.
I hope you will join us in patronizing locally owned businesses this holiday season. Because it’s not just business, it’s personal.