After the closure announcements of four different staples to downtown shopping this week, including Ballistic, Biped, Healy’s Deli and Templeton’s, the Mayor of St. John’s spoke out in a rallying cry to consumers this holiday season and beyond.
“It’s very unfortunate that [these] businesses have closed their doors, and in many ways it’s a reaction to the economic slow down that we are going through,” said Mayor O’Keefe.
O’Keefe went on to recognize the growing trend to do shopping online or at big box stores, commenting that shopping at venues such as these has siphoned money from local retailers.
This speaks to a trend that Engen Books has commented on before. Buying local keeps money in our local economy instead of sending it away: $20 spent online only does on person good, whereas $20 spent locally can have a ripple affect that provides for many people, and is part of the reason we have encouraged shoppers to take advantage of more local and non-box store options, such as Boom IT, Mirth Publishing, Midnight Tailors, and yes, Engen Books.
In a further statement, O’Keefe mirrored that ‘think local’ sentiment: “We can lessen that, we can minimize that, all of us together, if we shop more locally… In particular we advocate for the downtown because our downtown is very, very unique, very vibrant. We do what we can as a city and as a council to keep it in a condition where it’s filled with vitality.”
One such location downtown ideally located is Broken Books, a great alternative to big box book buying. It’s right next to the War Memorial and Fixed Coffee, great place to stop and do a little holiday shopping.
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