Some of us take them – local businesses – for granted.
We shouldn’t. Tomahawk retailers and service shops are jewels that make small communities, like ours, unique.
A strong community starts with us – consumers. When we use our paychecks to purchase items and services in Tomahawk, we’re not only benefiting the local economy, we’re also helping someone maintain a job, feed their own family with goods from the local grocery store, purchase school supplies from a local dime store and medicine from local pharmacies.
By dispensing our money here, we are ensuring that our own livelihoods are prosperous. If we went out of town for every special meal, what would happen to our local eateries? We wouldn’t have a choice of where to go because we wouldn’t have any to choose from.
As consumers our commitment to shopping locally doesn’t mean we can’t ever leave town. Sometimes it’s fun to head out to new territories and make a day of it. But, when we do that on a regular basis – to buy items such as laundry detergent, groceries, dog food, clothing, office supplies, etc. – we’re financially starving our neighbors, friends and relatives by not patronizing our local establishments where they are employed.
The Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce started working with business owners a year ago by way of a business retention and expansion survey, and several follow-up meetings to help better understand the local consumer. The goal is to increase business traffic in town, to help keep Tomahawk thriving by offering shoppers unique items and top-notch service, a perk not found at large box stores located out of town.
The chamber’s efforts will continue with another meeting slated Thursday (Jan. 5) beginning at noon at Tomahawk Community Bank for anyone who is interested in preserving our local retailers and service shops.
We hope you’ll take notice of the growing problem of vacant storefronts (10 percent to be exact) and be more aware of your own shopping habits.
Help keep Tomahawk unique – shop locally.
(Editor’s Note: We appreciate any ideas you might have as well as reasons you like shopping in Tomahawk.)