’Tis the season to Shop Small

In the center of today’s edition of Current, you’ll find Gifts 2013, our annual holiday shopping guide. We’re not taking Xbox or any of the other mass-merchandised wonders, but, instead, items you only can find mostly locally in the entrepreneurial enterprises along our streets. Home Town Holidays, as the subtitle suggests, attempts to bring it all home, so to speak. This section, with its terrific homespun cover illustration by our artist, Andrea Nickas, should help direct you to Shop Small, especially on Small Business Saturday this weekend. Imagine the impact we all can make by shopping locally – if even only for one day – and supporting small business by looking for the gift items that only are available in those wonderful one-off enterprises. Home Town Holidays examines some of these establishments’ offerings in an effort to help you find something distinctive this holiday season. Our editors and reporters have scoured the communities we serve in an effort to enlighten you on what’s new and different behind the storefronts. We believe it’s a worthy effort. Small Business Saturday, by the way, was launched by American Express in 2010, and it is focused on seeing small businesses and their surrounding neighborhoods prosper. We’ll do our part. Will you? Food for thought: Small Business Saturday is a noble effort. Why couldn’t every Saturday be that way? Imagine the economic impact of 52 such days each year.