Please note, I am serious, and you don’t have to travel the world looking for one (or betray your principles, either). You can find it, and most of your holiday needs, right here in Oakley. Check Aunt Sofie off your shopping list, because her elephant ear is waiting for you at Pompei Nursery. Now that you’ve got the swing of things, realizing what fun it is to shop in Oakley, browse through all of the other stores as well. You’ll be surprised at what’s out there.
Do you know that buying in Oakley helps Oakley? It doesn’t matter if you shop in a chain store or an independent business. Buying local keeps the money local. Not only does 1 percent of the total state sales tax come back to our fair city to be used locally when you buy locally, but it is the primary source for making our community a great place in which to live, providing us with police services, street and landscaping maintenance, senior services, youth activities, parks, arts and community events and much, much more.
Now this is what you need to think about: When you spend your money out of town or online, those tax dollars support these same services – but in other communities. Let’s keep our money in Oakley. Shop Oakley first.
Success breeds success. One of the goals of your City Council is to help Oakley attract new business. A busy shopping center is an indication to prospective investors that we have a thriving community and can sustain additional shopping opportunities. New businesses will not only increase the variety of products and services, but those employees working for these new establishments utilize local grocery stores, banks and services such as local day care providers, plumbers, carpenters, dentists, doctors, accountants and other professional services. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Last but not least, we need to think about our devoted, hardworking business people. The Friday following Thanksgiving is often referred to by merchants as “Black Friday.” Finally, after months of buying, selling and stretching to make ends meet and keep the business going, the profit margin begins to peek around the corner. Black Friday and holiday shoppers make those cash registers ring and sing. Holiday shopping brings the accounting books out of the red and into the black.
So surprise yourself and find a lot of what you’re looking for right here in Oakley. Remember: shop Oakley first and have a great holiday season.