â€™Tis the season for sure. The season to think about giving and celebrating the good things in our lives. Like family or friendship. And there are many ways of giving. You donâ€™t need to spend a bunch of money to make someone feel loved or appreciated. Sharing your time and energy are a good start. Buy someone a coffee and remind them that you love and care about them. But please do shop local. We may pay a bit more by doing that but the money does stay in the valley. It may be spent at another local business or contractor or even be used to hire another employee. It might put a kid into a local sports program or become a donation to a fundraiser.
A dollar spent in the valley can stay in our local economy for years while a dollar spent in Cranbrook or Calgary is pretty much gone for good. Our economy shrinks.
Personally I am very grateful for all the business owners who strive to provide the needed services and products in our valley. It is tough to make a living while staying affordable.