Buy lo­cal for fes­tive boost to busi­nesses

Tablelands Advertiser - - THE GROOVE - An­drea Falvo

Now that a lot of shops have moved down along Byrnes Street, there’s been a lot of peo­ple say­ing ‘I didn’t even know this shop was here’. So Swish owner Stacey Shaw

AL­MOST 30 lo­cally owned Ma­reeba busi­nesses will swing open their doors for an ex­tra two hours of trad­ing tonight for a fes­tive evening of shop­ping to sup­port and pro­mote lo­cal busi­ness.

The Ma­reeba Christ­mas shop­ping night will run from 5pm un­til about 8pm and will co­in­cide with the Christ­mas mar­kets held in the Post Of­fice Cen­tre.

So Swish own­ers Michael and Stacey Shaw said they de­cided to get on board with the Ma­reeba Chamber of Commerce shop­ping ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age lo­cals to shop in the town this Christ­mas.

“We thought it would be a great idea to give peo­ple more time to do their Christ­mas shop­ping and try to en­cour­age them to shop lo­cally as well,” Mrs Shaw said.

“Hope­fully the whole town will sup­port it and come out.”

Mrs Shaw said the Christ­mas shop­ping night was also a chance for lo­cals to be­come fa­mil­iar with the lo­cally owned fam­ily busi­nesses in their town.

“Now that a lot of shops have moved down along Byrnes Street, there’s been a lot of peo­ple say­ing ‘I didn’t even know this shop was here’,” she said.

“The Christ­mas shop­ping night is also en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to walk the streets and ex­plore their own town.

“I think a lot of peo­ple just drive through.

“Even if you don’t buy any­thing tonight, just go and walk and have a look at the shops in Ma­reeba.”

SHOP­PING NIGHT

Sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses in Ma­reeba when fin­ish­ing off your Christ­mas shop­ping this year. Al­most 30 busi­nesses will ex­tend their trad­ing hours for Ma­reeba’s Christ­mas shop­ping night. Take a stroll through the CBD and buy a present at par­tic­i­pat­ing shops. An­tiques and Jew­els A Touch of Coun­try Bellezza Beauty Bar Bur­ra­tron­ics Claude Cater Mens­land City ‘n’ Coun­try Cloth­ing Colly Dolly Fine Trea­sures Graeme Shoe Store KK Skate Co Lead­ing Edge Electronics Ma­reeba Work­ing Dogs Sup­plies Nex­tra Ma­reeba News O’Don­nells Of­fice Power Pi­ag­nos News Rock­mans Sewing Es­sen­tials So Swish Sports North Tar­get Coun­try Uniquely Made XO Lo­cal Su­per­mar­kets Vin­cenzo’s Cof­fee Lounge Foxy Lady Lingerie and Fash­ions Marama Jew­ellery

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