Let’s talk shopping. Ladies smile and get that hint of excitement when they hear that word. Guys: probably not so much, but there could be a way to change that…
I personally hate shopping, I really do. I know, I’m a woman and I’m supposed to be giddy at the idea. Dropping me at the mall with three hours to kill is like torture. You would most likely find me in a corner at Barnes and Noble with a stack of books waiting for everyone else in my group to be done with their shopping excursions. But, I dare to say there are certain shopping scenarios I can enjoy. You know that day when you weren’t planning on buying anything but you find the absolute most perfect gift for someone? That unique gift that you bought the day you had half hour to kill so you walked through that little store in town.
You knew right where I was going with this, didn’t you? But think about it, shopping local is almost always one of the most rewarding and fun kind of shopping there is. Right here in DeWitt, we are so very lucky to have numerous unique stores and shops. I know women from all over who plan day trips to come to DeWitt. They have some lunch at Whisk Away Cafe & Bakery, and then walk 6th Avenue all afternoon. I often hear from out of town family and friends just how friendly people are here; and I know that firsthand. My mom, who often comes from Dubuque to buy her home décor here, is always greeted with a smile and helpful advice when she walks into Meant To Be, her favorite store. My daughter is always treated as a “mini shopper” there as well and loves being the little jellybean sampler! Keeping these unique businesses running and thriving adds to the charming character of our community. And I’m not just talking the antique and craft stores; I’m talking all of our businesses. We’re lucky to have Barnes Foodland in DeWitt. They are continually upgrading and adding more selection. For someone like me with Celiac Disease I especially appreciate that I can now buy some gluten free foods right here in DeWitt and do not have to drive to outside areas.
So let’s do some Christmas shopping this month or next! If we all bought just one or two Christmas gifts in DeWitt, think of the money that would be staying right here in our community instead of going to a big chain store. Get your child’s birthday cake from Whisk Away Cafe & Bakery, grab those groceries at Barnes Foodland, expand your wardrobe at The Family Tree, enjoy a coffee at Blondie’s Coffee Out Back drive-thru instead of Starbucks, or take the family to a weekend matinee at the DeWitt Operahouse. And guys here’s the easy part – drive those few minutes it takes to get downtown and buy your lady something nice from Necker’s Jewelers, or that antique table at Emma Rae’s Antiques & Uniques that she said would look striking in the dining room.
Yes, I have learned that shopping does not have to be torture; it can actually be very enjoyable. It’s a proven scientific fact (in my mind anyway) that local businesses hire the best people. The business owners and their staff are our friends and neighbors and their customer service makes shopping locally so very worth it!
Lisa LeConte, DeWitt Resident and Mother
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