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Business beat: Always something to discover at local stores

Jennifer L. Grubbs

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While Publisher Bryce Jacobson normally writes for this space, I am filling in for him this week.

One of the things that has been so much fun for me since moving here is getting to visit the restaurants and stores in a new place.

And there sure are plenty of places to visit!

It feels like I haven’t even made a dent in the many, many stores and eateries around Craig.

Although my publisher and I disagree on many things political, we do agree on one big thing: the importance of shopping local.

When I lived in Sterling (another similarity that Bryce and I share is name-checking our hometown), I always would make sure that if I was asking a relative who lived in Sterling for a CD, that I also asked that it be purchased at KC’s Tapes & CDs, rather than at a big-box store or out of town. Of course, I always wanted many hard-to-get punk-rock CDs, so that entailed ordering them in, which Chris Delgado at the local CD shop was more than happy to do.

I have heard that the stores here are willing to do that, too, on gifts they do not readily stock – probably including punk-rock CDs. That news has me very excited, because that type of service is exactly what makes shopping local a special experience.

One of the reasons why we printed a Holiday Gift Ideas page last Friday was to give Daily Press readers a sampling of what people might find if they went out in search of $10, $20, $30 or expensive gifts. Our local stores have lots to offer, at any price point.

As I seek to check names off my Christmas shopping list, I look forward to continuing to poke through the many stores here for gift items to send to relatives. (But if anyone knows where I can find a unique, zebra-themed gift item for $30 or less for my sister, Beth, please let me know.)

Many local stores offer expanded hours

Another note about shopping local: Our online poll two weeks ago was about where people will buy their holiday gifts.

The majority of respondents said that they will be spending at least some, if not all, of their money here in Craig, so that’s a reason for local business owners to cheer.

One of the ways local businesses can draw in more customers is by having their stores open when it’s convenient for customers – after people get off work, or on weekends. That’s advice that I used to hear for the shops and stores in Sterling, but it rings just as true in Craig.

That’s why it has been so refreshing to see storeowners getting on board with that idea, adjusting schedules for holiday shoppers.

Now, we customers have to do our part and take advantage of the expanded, or shifted, hours.

Economic development meeting today in Hayden

The Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership and Routt County Economic Development Cooperative are meeting today with officials from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade starting at 8:15 a.m.at Hayden Town Hall. They are discussing whether/how EDP can be successful in bringing new companies to Moffat County and Craig, as well as the surrounding region.

It will be interesting to find out what comes out of this meeting of the minds.