- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Politics to profits: Brothers launch new investing concept on Wall Street (10/19/17)1
- Load shift kills Jackson trucker (10/17/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
- Cape Christian School burglarized (10/18/17)
- Food Giant in Chaffee is robbed (10/17/17)
- Owner of dinosaur relics demands new board of directors, business plan at Bollinger County Museum (10/17/17)
- Cape's casino flourishing as it celebrates fifth year (10/22/17)4
It's Thanksgiving Week. After all the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and of course, football, many will turn their attention to Christmas and the Black Friday deals.
There's something about shopping the day after Thanksgiving that puts you in the holiday spirit. Even those who don't particularly enjoy hours of shopping can get wrapped up in the festive atmosphere.
As you prepare your gift list, there's one thing we hope you consider: shopping local.
Local businesses play a vital role in our economy. They provide jobs, purchase business-related items, pay taxes, support local charities and otherwise invest in the community. They are the engine that stimulates the local economy and their effect is significant.
Yes, there are national economic challenges, and locally we are not exempt. Still, local business leaders have helped Southeast Missouri weather the storm. Their commitment, ingenuity and expertise make our community a better place to live, work and raise a family.
Today's Perspectives page has several guest columns from local Chamber of Commerce executives. Each has a unique perspective on the benefits of shopping local. As Brian Gerau, executive director of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, wrote, it's important to think locally when shopping.
May we be one of the first to wish you a Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season. And have fun in the coming days of local shopping.