As much as I want to support local businesses, especially downtown businesses (as I am a downtown business owner myself), sometimes I wonder if local businesses want to support me. Around 3:30, every downtown business I visited to buy a last-minute Christmas card was closed. Only a couple hours ago there were shoppers here carrying shopping bags, so there are people here ready to make those last minute purchases. Ironically, most of these closed businesses are displaying anti-Walmart signs, but guess what? Walmart is open right now this Christmas Eve, ready to meet my needs, whether it is something frivolous like a Christmas card or something important like a prescription drug. Here downtown, some local businesses took three days off for Thanksgiving, which last I checked was a one-day holiday. So I am finding myself leaving downtown for dining or shopping at chain businesses more than I ever expected. I guess I will join the highway traffic to visit a business I can rely upon this afternoon.
This post is more of an observation than a complaint. I am glad that we have business owners who aren't slaves to schedules and have the freedom to close whenever they want to. However, these extended vacations undermine my effort to make a habit of supporting local businesses. It is easier to support businesses with reliable schedules and make downtown a second, unscheduled stop.
The Holiday 2011 Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa is happening Saturday December 3rd this year from 10am til 6pm at Ben's Bikes, 670 West Broad at the corner of N. Pope Street. We are so excited about our new location that we decided to add even more features to make this the best event ever. In addition to our usual tunes from DJ Mahoghany, we will include a few live performances from acoustic acts Coconut Moon and Matthew Garrison. There will be art cars and live art demos from local toy maker Chris Purcell. Gretchen Elsner will head up the clothing Swap O Rama Rama, a workshop that gives people an opportunity to re-construct their old clothing into something brand new! There will be no need to leave to go get lunch, because Farm cart will join us to provide locally grown, sustainable eats and Ursa Minor from Atlanta will be on hand with hot drinks and tasty pastries. Of course you'll also find the largest selection of handmade arts and crafts, from jewelry and fashion to paintings and photographs, cute stuff for your pets, and lots more. See you there!
Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa Holiday Market
December 3rd, 2011 from 10am till 6pm.
670 West Broad Street, Athens, Georgia