Save Money, Shop Locally This Weekend

Nothing washes down the Thanksgiving turkey like a trip to the mall or a box store for some early Christmas shopping.

Local business owner Theresa Ortega is ready and her message for shoppers this year is simple.

She urges you to, "Think local, buy local, shop your "mom and pops" and come out this Saturday."

And she's not alone.  In an effort to drive shoppers to locally owned businesses this holiday season, American Express has announced a special event to sweeten the deal.

Ortega explains, "They're giving people who have the American Express card and use it at a shop that accepts it, a 25% statement credit if they shop this weekend at one of the mom and pop stores."

Basically, American Express customers will get $25 off at participating stores.

The credit card company cites the poor economy's impact on mom and popshops as their reason for the event.

It?s something Ortega, owner of Kamikaze Karate in Terre Haute, welcomes.

"We do bring a lot of energy and income into the economy."

Ortega says, not only will you get some money back from your purchase, shopping locally also provides unique customer service opportunities.

"I think we provide a level of customer service that a lot of people can't get weather it's on-line or a big box store."


Another event of interest this weekend will be in Greene County.  12 independent entrepreneurs have opened a one-stop-shop for holiday shoppers.

?Made in Greene County? puts all of the stores under one roof!

They will have their grand opening Friday.

It?s located in downtown Bloomfield ? 38 N. Washington Street next to Bloomfield State Bank.

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