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The excitement is building. This time every year we become aware of the fact that Christmas is just around the corner. To those in Newberry, that excitement became obvious a week ago last Friday evening when an estimated 1,000 citizens were on hand as the city of Newberry’s mayor Foster Senn, along with Joyce Vigus led the countdown, officially lighting the city’s 20-foot Christmas tree.

Here at your Chamber, it was an exciting affair, primarily because all week we had witnessed and respected all the hard work involved in making such a task possible. I can assure you, there were many volunteer hours spent in decorating the downtown area.

Believe me, all of the efforts are not wasted because the visitors coming into Newberry always comment on the beauty they see throughout our city. During the holiday season, the comments and excitement just seem to flow from every visitor.

If you have not yet noticed the decorations, please take some time to look around town. This year, Mrs. Vigus opted to spread out the decorations, and these changes are making a difference. The expanded decorations will encourage visitors to slow down and take in the sights.

As people slow down, they will also be able to appreciate the efforts our downtown merchants have taken in decorating their storefronts, further encouraging people to stop in and shop. We can all help to grow Newberry by supporting each other. So, can we count on you to make every attempt to Shop Newberry County first?

Downtown Newberry has already kicked off the holiday season. The Town of Prosperity offers great shopping opportunities throughout the year and will begin the holiday season with their Annual Shopper’s Walk on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Have you ever considered the hidden benefits of shopping locally? Think about this, whenever you make a purchase, you pay taxes, and those taxes are used primarily by the city and county of the purchase site. So when you shop locally, you are actually using your dollars to help yourself and your neighbors.

We are simply asking you to slow down and look for bargains right here in Newberry County. Shopping locally can also be fun, for as you are shopping, you are certain to run into old friends or maybe even your neighbors. This year, Shop Local. While you’re in downtown Newberry, stop at your Chamber, located in Community Hall, just behind that big Christmas tree on the square.

Liz, Michelle or I would enjoy greeting you and wishing you a wonderful Holiday season. While you are visiting us, please allow us to tell you of the many benefits of Chamber membership. If you do not get a chance to stop in, please call 803-276-4274. We simply cannot wait to talk to you.

Remember to slow down and enjoy this wonderful season. Family matters.

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