Celebrate #SmallBusinessSaturday! When was the last time you drove to Columbus, Lancaster, or Parkersburg or went online for a purchase you could have made in Athens? When we shop in Athens, the money we spend in stores and businesses stays here.

For every $100 spent locally, $48 remains directly in our community. By choosing to shop in Athens, you support our community’s vibrant quality of life and jobs for family and friends, not to mention the generous support and sponsorships our local businesses give back to our community! In addition, the sales tax collected on your purchases pays for important city services such as police, fire, and street maintenance.

It’s more convenient to shop local!

• Shop in between errands or over lunch.
• Know what you’re getting – feel it, shake it, and try it on.
• Stay close to home and save money on gas and wear and tear on your car.
• Parking uptown is easier than parking at Easton on a weekend in December!
• Genuine and authentic shopping choices.
• Support the local economy and quality of life in Athens.
• Create relationships: Get to know our community’s small businesses.

Get creative this holiday season – Athens has many robust locally-owned independent businesses selling items from handmade crafts and agricultural products to books, custom shirts, and home decor. Gift cards from restaurants, entertainment outlets, service providers, hotels, and shops are always much appreciated gifts for friends and family. Don’t forget about home-based businesses and nonprofit organizations – they always have fantastic options available! Please check out www.athenschamber.com for a complete list of Chamber Members.

Remember to think local as you start your holiday shopping and support the businesses that support you! Love Athens – #KeepItLocal!