Holiday cheer, keeping it local I Chamber Corner

By Emma Leedy, Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce | Nov 29, 2017

The holidays are a time to give back and come together as a community.

A local favorite, the Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House, is Saturday, Dec. 2 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Rosehill Community Center (304 Lincoln Ave).

This annual tradition is a festive way to come together as a community, spread some holiday cheer and give back.

Local businesses participate by hosting children’s activities such as cookie decorating, ornament making or their own creative idea.

Sponsoring a children’s activity helps businesses build brand recognition while connecting with the community.

Musical groups from the Mukilteo School District perform holiday favorites throughout the event, and attendees can take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

If you plan on attending the Tree Lighting, consider bringing non-perishable food items for the Mukilteo Food Bank. The Mukilteo Food Bank provides food that supports more than 250 families each month within the Mukilteo School District.

Although the Recreational and Cultural Services Department has taken on the Tree Lighting this year, the Chamber is still involved with this long-standing Mukilteo tradition.

The Chamber is providing the lights for the tree just outside Rosehill. The Chamber also supplies the larger-than-life star for the top of the tree.

The Public Works Department uses a 65-foot lift, donated by Star Rentals, to decorate the tree with the lights and star a week or so before the Tree Lighting.

You might just be lucky enough to drive by and witness the intricate process. It truly feels like the start of the holidays when everyone gathers outside around the tree and counts down to the moment the lights flicker on.

With the start of the holidays, ‘tis the season for shopping! Instead of heading to the big box stores for the perfect gift, look no further than your local businesses this year.

The Saturday after Black Friday, small businesses across America opened their doors for Small Business Saturday.

Founded by American Express in 2010, this event began as an effort to drive people to shop small and shop at local retailers.

Even though Small Business Saturday is over, it is still important to shop local. There are benefits to shopping small, including convenience.

According to the Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles, there are 574,455 small businesses operating in Washington state.

That is 99.5 percent of all businesses.

The American Independent Business Alliance reports, “each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns three times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer).”

Small businesses keep our communities alive and vibrant -- the heart of a community. Whether it’s a locally owned restaurant, a boutique store or specialty business, these institutions help a community thrive.

For local shops and services, head to the Chamber’s online member directory (mukilteochamber.org/business-directory).

Show your love and shop at your favorite, local places.

 

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