Shop Local: Support Central Maine Businesses This Holiday Season

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The holiday shopping season is upon us, and more and more consumers are looking for ways to shop with local businesses.

Shopping local is a great way to support your community and it allows your money to stay in the local area.

According to the American Independent Business Alliance, doing your shopping at locally-owned businesses is a great way to help build your community, it also gives consumers a better shopping experience overall.

According to the alliance, money spent at a locally-owned business has about 3 times the economic impact of money spent at a national chain and almost 50 times the impact of money spent online. Additionally, shopping locally gives you the chance to "try before you buy," and get better customer service before, during and after the sale.

With that in mind, consider supporting these local businesses this holiday season: