From downtowns to the malls, emphasis is on shopping locally

Local area retailers are hoping holiday shoppers put more of an emphasis on shopping closer to home.

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“Shopping around the holiday season has taken a hit everywhere,”
said Ann Corwell, executive director of the West Bloomfield Chamber of
Commerce.

“Still we have a lot of great shops in the area where people can find great gifts.”

Carrie Zarotney, president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, agrees with that assessment.

“Consumers
will be cautious about where they spend their dollars this holiday
season. This will prove challenging, especially for local business
owners,” she said. “We hope that the dollars that are spent can be
directed to supporting local business.”

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