Keep holiday dollars at home

Published 2:12 am Saturday, December 19, 2009

By By Lydia Grimes
With the help of the Atmore Chamber of Commerce, local businesses have been trying to compete with the shopping dollars that are usually spent in the city malls.
The latest event, ‘An Atmore Noel,’ was one of three consecutive monthly celebrations to try to convince shoppers to buy locally.
Sheryl Vickery, Atmore Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said buying locally is one way to keep the economy in Atmore moving.
Vickery said the by shopping in Atmore, residents can continue the cocoon effect for the city.
Vickery said keeping businesses operating isn’t only healthy for the residents now; it’s a good move for the future.
Vickery said the work done by city and county officials to lure new business to the area is important, but residents have the same job.
Vickery said the recent downtown events are helping to make that big difference.
Business owners have said the events have been a boost to their business as well.
Rachel Brown, owner of Country Charms said the recent “Atmore Noel” was a good event for her shop.
Brown wasn’t the only shop owner who felt the event was successful. Tracy Miller of Jus Because said they had benefited from these events a great deal.

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