December 4, 2013

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Shop Small, Shop Local in Newcastle

A sticker at the entrance of Sweet Decadence Chocolates reads, “I shop Newcastle. It’s home.”

Even though the popular chocolate shop is set to relocate to Renton shortly, the phrase never rang truer as the nation celebrated Small Business Saturday Nov. 30.

The annual promotion, initiated by American Express in 2010, encourages holiday shoppers to patronize the storefronts right in their own hometown.

Shopping local has many benefits, starting with the gas and time you save. And then there is the benefit of sales tax revenues that stay in your city, providing funding for police and fire protection, roads and parks. Let’s not forget that so many community events and programs would not exist without the support of the small business owners who donate to schools and non-profit organizations.

The Newcastle business community demonstrated that perfectly with its free Nov. 30 community tree-lighting ceremony and holiday spectacular at the Newcastle Fruit and Produce stand.

Shopping locally is an easy way to show your appreciation. It should not be a one-time occurrence, though. Support your hometown stores such as Newcastle Fruit and Produce, when it’s open for the season, B & E Meats & Seafood, Newcastle Jewelers and locally owned Zoëyogurt as often as you can.

Big box retailers may have some hot buys you can’t pass up, and the ease of online shopping is not to be denied. But shopping at local brick-and-mortar stores is satisfying in so many other ways. Make a personal commitment to enjoy the holidays, including the shopping, right here in your hometown.


Local soccer teams make city proud

A hearty congratulations goes out to the Liberty High School girls soccer team, which won its first state title Nov. 23.

The odds were stacked against the Patriots, who didn’t even win their own league championship; but the girls fought back to put together one magical postseason run.

“To end your season with a win, only one team does it and we’re glad it’s us,” Liberty coach Tami Nguyen said.

Liberty wasn’t the only team to make a postseason splash, though. Just across town, Hazen won the Seamount League championship outright for the first time since 1992, and made it to the state tournament for the first time since 1993.

Kudos to Nguyen and Hazen coach Ken Matthews for leading groups of exceptional athletes!

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