Shopping local affects your community, schools, and law enforcement

ARAB, Ala. — This Saturday take a break from the big name stores and check out local businesses for your holiday shopping.  It’s Small Business Saturday this weekend, and officials say shopping local can help get things done in your community.

“Shopping local affects so many different things in our small businesses, it creates such a community atmosphere,” Arab Chamber of Commerce President Wes Kitchens says.

Kitchens says when you shop local you’re helping your community, because the tax dollars stay local. “You’re helping everything. You’re helping police and fire protection, you’re helping the local students, you’re helping maintain the roads, and everything else that makes the community what it is,” Kitchens explains.

Those tax dollars go to the schools, police departments, and city services. In Arab, a portion of the local tax is dedicated to improving roads and other infrastructure.  “We did a penny sales tax increase and that goes directly to infrastructure, and so all of the roads in Arab have been paved recently and we’re finishing that up this year, but shopping local is the reason that’s able to happen,” Kitchens says.

Local Arab stores will boast Black Friday sales and will be open for Small Business Saturday. “We’re really excited to have the whole community’s support, coming out and shopping, and supporting all local businesses no matter their size,” Kitchens says.