Shop Small, Shop Local

   This Saturday (November 28th) is Small Business Saturday. Each year I send out my annual “Shop Local” email to my Fayette Community Email List (email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to receive future emails) to encourage and educate everyone on the importance of shopping at and supporting our local businesses. This past year was difficult for many people, including many of our small businesses, when they were forced to shut down or make costly changes in order to keep their business open. If there is ever a year to spend your money at a small business and in Fayette, this is the year. Some people may not be aware or think about the fact that most businesses in Fayette rely on your support and business to pay their monthly household bills, put food on their table for their family and to purchase necessities for their family. Everyone was fortunate to receive some stimulus money, which helped. Some businesses received some other financial benefits during this difficult time, however, not all businesses in Fayette received these benefits and are still struggling today.

   Fayette has a variety of businesses that offer many products and services. If you are unable to find something to give as a gift, consider a gift certificate. By shopping at and supporting Fayette businesses, your money helps create local jobs and your tax dollars stay local, which get used for public services such as libraries, schools and much more.  Fayette businesses also give back to our community.  These businesses donate to our local events and fundraisers, including our town celebration, Watermelon Days.  I strongly encourage you to purchase as many things, including your day-to-day items, within the city of Fayette first.  If you cannot find the item or service within Fayette, then look at neighboring communities, preferably within Fayette County.  By shopping at and supporting businesses within Fayette County, your local option sales tax gets distributed to the city of Fayette and other Fayette County cities.  When you purchase something from a business outside Fayette County, either online or by physically traveling to them, then your local options sales tax goes to other counties.

   Each year I like to challenge everyone. I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes because you hear this from me each year, but please humor me and take my challenge. I challenge everyone to visit a Fayette business they have never been to before, or maybe you have not visited in a while. Maybe step up the challenge this year and visit 3 Fayette businesses you have never been to before. You may be surprised at some of the things they offer. To make things easier, you can find a list of all the Fayette Businesses on the cities website here:

   I personally feel we have the best, unique businesses in Fayette. Please support Fayette businesses and help promote the great activities and events we have in Fayette. 

There is no place like home. And there is no place like Fayette.

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