Opinion

Shop locally

Islanders talk a lot about growing and buying local food — an act that helps to sustain our environment, strengthen our community fabric and support a fantastic lot of people. Equally important — and for all the same reasons — is shopping locally.

Keeping our dollars on the Island to the degree that we’re able is — much like buying local food — a way to support our neighbors. It’s a way to keep the Island healthy. It’s an act of sustainability.

And often it doesn’t cost any more. Ever compare prices between, say, Petco and Pandora’s Box? Our local shop wins nearly every time.

The Island has a strong and committed core of local merchants, restaurateurs and innkeepers; professionals who work out of their homes; Islanders who are striving to piece together lives here on Vashon. And there’s no question about it: These are tough financial times, and some of our local merchants and businesses are, by their own admission, struggling. Others are for sale. Some icons have closed.

No one knows how long this recession will last. But while we’re in it, those of us who have a few dollars to rub together would do well to put them to use here on Vashon. It’s in our own interest. Who, after all, wants to leave the Island for a can of speciality dog food, back-to-school supplies or a new pair of socks?

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