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Editor’s Message: Shop Right

The holiday season is approaching and with it the shopping frenzy. This year I’m hopeful that more and more people will see the wisdom of shopping local. It’s important to the continuing prosperity and vitality of our region. My advice: —Look for your gifts at locally owned stores first. —If a local shop hasn’t got what you want and can’t order it, go to a chain. —If you still can’t get an item, only then order online. Why is it so important to shop local? Here are five good reasons. • Keep the Money Here When you buy locally,...

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FASHION & SHOPPING New Location and New Swiss-Made Sewing Machines at The Tailored Fit Sep 10, 2017 Margaret Fette, owner of The Tailored Fit, a custom-made clothing and alteration shop, says she doesn’t want any frustrated seamstresses in Bloomington, let alone anyone walking around in ill-fitting clothes. Read More Gather Moves to New Space in Storefront on the Square Sep 3, 2017 When Athena, a long-time Bloomington establishment located on the downtown Square, closed in the spring, Talia Halliday was disappointed. But as the owner of Gather, a shop featuring the handmade work of more than 250 local and regional artists, Halliday also saw an opportunity. Read More Andrew Davis Clothiers:  A Local Success Story on the Square (GALLERY) Aug 9, 2017 At a time when clothing can be purchased everywhere from big-box stores to online retailers, Andrew Davis Clothiers offers something that is increasingly rare: personal service from experts who are knowledgeable not only about the products, but also about their customers’ needs. Read More Bloomington Clothing Co.: Easy Apparel for Women 35 & Older Jul 20, 2017 When Lorraine Hanna returned to her hometown of Bloomington in 1995 after 15 years in Hawaii as a buyer for Maui Clothing Company, she was frustrated with the town’s limited clothing options. “I couldn’t find clothes in Bloomington I wanted to wear,” Hanna says. Read More How Finding Rare Books...

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Wagon Wheel Country Market & Deli: A Grocery, Eatery, and Specialized Butcher Shop

BY PAUL BICKLEY Wagon Wheel Country Market & Deli at 1915 S. Walnut is a dine-in and carry-out deli, a grocery, and a full-service butcher shop. But Greg Stube, director of marketing, says the most important aspect of the Wagon Wheel is its emphasis on high-quality meat and in-house meat processing. The Wagon Wheel starts with only the top 15 percent of grades of special-ordered meats from local suppliers — all additive-, hormone-, and antibiotic-free, says Stube. Tri-tip cuts, the Wagon Wheel’s signature offering, are triangular cuts from the bottom sirloin. At the Wagon Wheel, they’re tenderized and marinated...

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This Holiday Season, Start a New Tradition — Shop Locally

BY CARMEN SIERING When holiday shopping starts in earnest on Thanksgiving weekend, many folks can’t wait to pack into the big-box stores, pushing and shoving to snag a bargain. But Talisha Coppock, executive director of Downtown Bloomington Inc., suggests a different scenario for those who want to create a more meaningful holiday tradition. “It all starts with the lighting ceremony downtown,” Coppock says. “The Canopy of Lights the Friday evening after Thanksgiving really kicks it off.” On Saturday, the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market turns into the Holiday Market, offering locally grown farm products, arts and crafts, entertainment, food vendors, and a visit from Saint Nick and his reindeer. From there, Coppock encourages everyone to visit local retailers for their holiday shopping. “This is a really significant time in the life of retail shops,” Coppock says of the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, when retailers can make up to 40 percent of their yearly sales. Shopping in local stores offers more than the chance just to buy something, Coppock says. “Local businesses are good at keeping up with trends and purchase with their customers in mind,” she says. Plus, the owners are right there to help. “There is someone really paying attention to you,” adds Coppock. “For the hobbyist, whether it’s cooking or running or something else, there’s also the opportunity to learn more about a topic.” Coppock...

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