Shop Local. Dine Local. Go Local.

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Here in the ‘burgh, we can order a “dippy-egg” for breakfast or brunch and get a perfectly done, over medium, fried egg. Better yet, we can stop at any deli counter and get “chipped ham” for crowd pleasing sandwiches and barbeques. We also have access to more ways to support the black and gold and our favorite colleges and universities!

These are just a few ways that we can get what we want, the way we want it by buying from local businesses. Studies show that when we support area small businesses, we get better service, a better experience and contribute to a stronger community.

It also means that the majority of our buying dollar stays here in the community. Studies show that for every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $73 remains in the local economy, and $27 leaves. However, the same $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, means $43 remains in the local economy and $57 leaves. (www.civiceconomics.com) Research also shows that local eateries return nearly 79 percent of revenues to the community, compared to just over 30 percent for chain restaurants.

Here in the northern communities, we can enjoy a plethora of local stores and boutiques offering one-of-a-kind and unique items for that special someone, dine on local favorites while toasting with locally-brewed craft ales and Pennsylvania wine. We can even enjoy fun-filled group activities with family and friends such as Painting with a Twist, musical concerts, sports and other close-to-home events, as listed in our Happenings section.

During this holiday season and throughout the year, please remember to support our community and shop, dine and go local.