Community Comes Together at the Snohomish Holiday Market
With the economic times being as they are, and small businesses closing their doors, the citizens in the city of Snohomish have gathered together to “turn the lights on” in what use to be the “old Black Cat Antique building at 1234 First St in the Historic Downtown.
The Snohomish Holiday Market can’t be missed at the corner of 1st and D. Thanks to a hardworking group of volunteers, willing vendors, and the building’s owner, the temporary Holiday Market November 19th through December 27th lights the way to Celebrations of community during the Holiday Season.
Supporting independent business vendors at the Holiday Market, instead of a chain store, generates far more benefit for the local economy. Several recent studies have found that a dollar spent at a locally owned business generates 2-3 times as much local economic activity as a dollar spent at a chain and supports many more local jobs. It’s time to support local jobs, and feed families where we live.
Frequenting local businesses also keeps the holidays fun. Who wants to sit in traffic at the mall? It's so much more rewarding to stroll through the small stores in your neighborhood or downtown. Met the people who have made unusual one of a kind gifts and care about the product they offer and you're bound to run into friends, get into an interesting conversation, enjoy the beauty of historic buildings decked out in lights, take time to savor a hot chocolate at the local café — in short, you'll have a chance to really experience and celebrate the place in which you live.
All involved in Snohomish Holiday Market should be commended. Community joining together is what will keep cities like Snohomish alive.