This time of year we all start thinking about Christmas and the Holidays. Shopping for those perfect gifts is part of that. More than any other time it's important to think about shopping local and supporting local businesses.
Shopping local keeps your money in your community to circulate again and again. It pays for a small business owner to continue to grow in a town that needs retail growth to draw tourists. It pays city taxes and supports our local infrastructure. Of course, it also pays for a local shop keeper to care for their family, pay taxes and further support the town.
In Pawhuska, we are lucky to have several great shopping experiences that allow us to keep our money right here. From Spurs and Arrows to Osage Outfitters and Tallgrass Art Gallery, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
So as you start to contemplate that long drive to a metro area and a day of frenzied shopping, I would like to encourage you to stay home and shop in Pawhuska, Cowboy town and the heart of the Osage. Experience a small town Holiday with helpful local merchants who are also your neighbors. Go one step further and invite your friends to Pawhuska to feel the warmth of small local businesses...shop local, support your merchants and your community.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery