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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 Page

FASHION & SHOPPING State Says ‘No Ban Allowed on Plastic Bags’—Local Group Says ‘Bring Your Own’ Nov 1, 2017 When Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford goes shopping, she doesn’t go empty-handed; she carries reusable bags. It’s a habit. Read More Beidler Made Books Hand-Made the Age-Old Way Oct 31, 2017 Twenty-first century products are typically mass-produced, manufactured from man-made materials, and designed to be disposable. In contrast, Brien Beidler’s books are made in the manner of a pre-industrial bookbinder—they’re handcrafted from natural materials, and they’re meant to last.  Read More My Sister’s Closet: Bargains for a Cause (PHOTO GALLERY) Oct 11, 2017 Many Bloomington residents know My Sister’s Closet as a place to find bargains on gently used women’s clothing and accessories. What some might not know is that it’s more than a resale shop—it’s also a nonprofit organization that helps women achieve economic self-sufficiency.    Read More 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...

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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,...

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