But with a twist: the first week of December is Buy Local Week in Denver, so I’m going to focus on locally owned businesses. I’ll also be looking for locally made goods. It’s pretty easy to find locally made food or wine (if I stretch “local” to include the Western Slope), but locating clothes made in Denver or Boulder is more difficult.
I’ve already discovered a few great local shops, such as Ahimsa Footwear and Talulah Jones, which I reviewed in this post, but there are plenty more.
And after the food fest that was Thanksgiving in Chattanooga, I’ll be staying away from the chocolate stores (Yeah, sure, Beth, we believe that one, you’re thinking, but my goal is to lose 5 pounds by mid-month, so I can actually fit into most of my pants).
I want to express my condolences to the family of the Walmart employee who was trampled. That was truly awful.
I hope that next year, American businesses will do away with the practice of opening so early and staying open so late on Black Friday, and will tone down their sales a little. In recent years, it’s gotten completely out of hand, and I’ve always felt sorry for the employees who have to work such long hours the day after Thanksgiving. I don’t see how any of that does much for stores’ bottom line, even if Black Friday is their most important shopping day.
A quote from Denver mayor John Hickenlooper (nickname: Hick) at the Mile High Business Alliance Buy Local Week celebration:
“I’m going to speak in a deep, throaty voice…create a mood that makes people want to buy local.”
The celebration was held at the Appaloosa Grill on December 1. According to the employee I talked to, it’s one of the few locally owned restaurants on the 16th Street Mall in Denver. Most of the others are chains or are owned by big restaurant conglomerates.