Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving

Shoppers line up outside the Fossil store in the Tanger Outlets in Texas City on Nov. 27, 2015, as they wait for the Thanksgiving Midnight Madness sales to begin.

JENNIFER REYNOLDS/The Daily News file

Black Friday is a big deal for your local merchants. Don’t blow it.

Historically the term Black Friday rose from a date on the calendar when many retail businesses swung to a profit for the year. It marked the end of the red ink and the appearance of the black ink on the bottom line.

While today’s world of commerce is evolving, the principle remains highly important for local businesses. Walking through the doors of businesses located within a half-hour of your home can do a lot of good for the financial health of your community.

You know that favorite boutique store just around the corner from your home? The one you like to stop by and browse on a Saturday afternoon? Now’s the time to go back and buy something.

Your investment may very well allow that store owner to be open the next time you would like to stroll through looking for gift ideas.

If it helps, consider the power your local purchase can make.

By the numbers, a local business puts more into your community than the largest big box store or behemoth online site. When you spend $100 locally, nearly 70 percent stays in your community by way of paying wages, purchasing supplies, or the taxes that support your local schools.

Your local businesses play a vital role in the health and quality of life in your community.

Love the picturesque downtown in League City? The one you’d like to take friends to see? Go support the local businesses. Or how about the beautiful downtown in Texas City? Same there. Or how about a holiday stroll along historic streets of Galveston? Take friends, grab lunch or coffee. Make a day of it. Whatever you do, shop locally and make a difference.

The Daily News is a local newspaper. Our pages are filled with the names of local businesses who are invested in your community. We make every effort to shop locally and do business with those who support our newspaper. From a delivery van to the new signage on the outside of our building, we proudly put our money where our mouth is and shop locally.

So today — and every time you have a choice — shop locally. By doing so, you are playing an important role in our community’s future.

• Leonard Woolsey

Leonard Woolsey: 409-683-5207; leonard.woolsey@galvnews.com

President & Publisher of The Galveston County Daily News.

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