Macon Chamber of Commerce encourages you to shop local
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)— The Macon Chamber of Commerce hopes business will bounce back in 2021, after they were impacted by the pandemic at the beginning of the year. They say you can help by shopping local.
“That would be a marvelous way to give back to the community,” said Yvonne Williams, President and CEO of The Macon Chamber of Commerce.
Williams said the pandemic has been hard on the local economy. She hopes people will think of local businesses when shopping for last minute gifts.
“So many small businesses have had to be isolated from the public, they’ve had to alternate to other services like pickup and delivery and we just want to make sure they maintain through this difficult period a reasonable sense of business activity,” said Williams.
Scott Mitchell, owner of Travis Jean Emporium, hopes people will continue to shop with local businesses after the holidays.
“Around the holidays people really get into the spirit of shopping local. It’s important to remember those small businesses year round not just at the holidays,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell says the things you buy locally are one of a kind.
“We really do try to find things that you can’t get anywhere else a lot of our products have a social justice cause behind them,” said Mitchell.
Shopping local also keeps your money in the community.
“These are your neighbors, these are people who support your sports teams, your charities,” said Mitchell.
According to Mitchell and Williams, shopping local can be a safer option too.
“Quite honestly being safe and not being in crowded areas is a benefit to living in Macon,” said Williams.
Where to last minute holiday shop
- Travis Jean Emporium is open until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve
- Check with your favorite store to see if they are open on Christmas Eve.