Monday, December 08, 2008

What Would Santa Do?

With the holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to patronize downtown businesses - the easiest way for everyone to do their part to revitalize downtown St. Louis.

Why buy books from the Ann Arbor-based Borders or New York-based Barnes & Noble when you can shop at the new ST. LOUIS-based Left Bank Books on 10th Street or the incredibly unique AIA Bookstore on Washington Avenue?

Thinking about ordering a gift basket from Oregon-based Harry & David? Why not check out what ST. LOUIS-based City Grocers has to offer?

What about Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel? Try English Living, UMA, Niche, Salt of the Earth and other home furnishings stores.

"He went to Jared?" Forget that. He should have gone to Hamilton Jewelers at 8th and Locust.

Downtown now features so many UNIQUE shops and boutiques that you should be able to find something for everyone on your shopping list - gifts you can't find anywhere else. And to supplement your local shopping efforts, there's also the downtown Macy's at 6th and Olive, which makes for a fun experience. The window displays are up and they look fantastic.

Why deal with the hassles of the mall when you can come downtown, do your shopping, have lunch and make a fun day out of it.

WWSD? What would Santa do? Shop downtown, of course! These businesses need your help now more than ever.

Some resources to help you get started:

http://www.shopdowntownstl.com/
http://www.downtownstl.org/holidays.aspx

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