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Forget the box stores, shop local

DAILY SUN NEWS EDITORIAL

Now that the door-busters are over at the big box stores — you know, the ones where you drive to the Tri-Cities to buy yourself a new TV for Christmas — it’s time to start thinking shopping in local mom-and-pop shops.

From Prosser to Zillah, we have dozens of businesses owned and operated by local families.

You’ll find some of the best wines in the world here in the Lower Yakima Valley. And at Snipes Brewery, Horse Heaving Saloon and Whitstran Brewing, you’ll find hand-crafted beer.

You’ll find eclectic gifts at Sister to Sister and Bonnie’s Vine and Gifts in Prosser. And you’ll find wholesome country gifts and clothing at Blehyl’s in Grandview, Sunnyside and Zillah. Ace Hardware in Prosser, Grandview and Sunnyside all have the tools local farers and their workers need to be productive.

In Prosser and Sunnyside, Beck’s offers beautiful jewelry for that special someone in your life.

The list goes on and on.

But rather than continue with the things you should already know are available here, we encourage you to shop local the rest of the Christmas season, and throughout the year.

Local businesses support local schools, promote community events and employ your friends, family and neighbors.

This Christmas, why not find a special gift here in the lower valley, and support your community at the same time?

Shop local.

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