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Many Four Staters Shopping Local This Holiday Season

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Estimates put gift spending around 3 to 4 percent below what they were last year. That's according to a Gallup poll. But in Joplin, some small business owners say their holiday shopping season has been better than ever.

Syd Tippie is a Joplin native back in town from Kansas City for the holidays. He says he waited to do his shopping until he got home, and that perusing the mall or big box stores was out of the question. 

"A lot of the items that you are going to sit there and find at one of those box stores are just reproduced at mass quantities and it's and it's not something that's really unique to the person," Tippie said.
 
A trend several stores on Joplin's Main Street find to be the case.
 
"We couldn't be happier, our biggest problem has been keeping our store stocked, so  that's a good problem to have," said Teddy Steen, who is a part owner of Blue Moon Market.  

In fact, according to Steen, Blue Moon Market estimates its holiday sales this season are over twenty percent above what they were last year. 

And though the Run Around Running Company down the street says it hasn't seen a twenty percent increase, its owner Eric Bartlett says there are a couple items customers have been snatching up; like gift certificates and running ornaments. A trend Bartlett hopes comes from Joplin's push to shop local.
 
"We're trying to bring that back in Joplin, is going back out on the streets, having your local businesses and going door to door versus being inside in a mall all the time," Bartlett said.
 
And customers like Patty Pyle says she mixes it up when it comes to big box stores and shopping local. But when she can, she chooses the later.

"They're friendly, they have everything you need," Pyle said.
 
And for others it's a matter of convenience. 

"It's close to where we work, and we can come over at lunch," said holiday shopper Cathy Austin. 

So whether it's a sticker for the car or jewelry for that special someone, when shopping local, Tippie has this advice.

"Find something that's really original, or that is antique and really fits somebody's personality," Tippie said. 


For a link to the Gallup Holiday shopping poll, click here. 

 

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