Ideas for shopping local in Lansing, Illinois

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Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 25.

Small Business Saturday is November 25

Photos by Melanie Jongsma
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Even if you’re not a pet owner, you can find reasons to shop at Ted’s. Wild bird seed, yard art, and garden art all make good Christmas gifts—and all are available here.
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Lansing’s Blue Collar Supply has work gloves, work boots, work clothes, and other supplies for the hardworking people in your life. Next door (left) Santori’s Liquors sells a variety of holiday spirits.
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Shopping for teens? Check out The Bunker for military surplus clothing and equipment. Tired of shopping? Stop in at Health Foot Massage to find relief and rejuvenation. La Rosita (it’s hard to read their sign in this photo) combines the healthiness of a grocery store with the convenience of a convenience store. And a gift certificate from Sandler’s Shoes would be a thoughtful gift for someone with hard-to-fit feet.
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Edible Arrangements and Lansing Floral both have fun gift-giving ideas or unique ways to contribute to whatever holiday parties you might be attending.
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The Foto Shop (far right) offers far more services and supplies than you might realize—click the image to visit their website. And Fashionette might be the perfect place to find clothing and jewelry not available in a typical chain store.
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Like many local small businesses, both Cole & Young and L&M Jewelers (shown in the background, across the street) will give you expert personal attention so you can find the perfect gift—for yourself or someone else.
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Lansing has several Subways. The one on Ridge Road is a great place to pick up a quick lunch before heading over to Gus Bock’s Ace Hardware for Christmas decorations.
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Kilroy’s Pub is another good lunch option—burgers, sandwiches, hearty soups, and more.
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In the mood for Mexican? Tacos & Burritos Rancho Grande has more than tacos and burritos. (Click the image to read our review.) If you need a protein shake to get you through the second leg of shopping, Optimum Wellness (on the right) has some evening hours.
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Mancino’s (far left) has a coupon in the November issue of The Lansing Journal—clip that before you begin your day of shopping! Gayety’s is famous for hand-crafted chocolates that make distinctive holiday or birthday gifts. And Active Edge Fitness offers classes that you and your family might be interested in after the holidays. Click the image to visit their website.
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End your day of local shopping at Beggars Pizza, a pizza joint that retains the character of the movie theater it used to be. Beggars also does catering, or they have party rooms available for your large family gathering.

Other reasons to shop local this Saturday

a message from The Lansing Journal and the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce

In addition to personal service and unique merchandise, shopping local offers other benefits. Paying local sales taxes at those local shops helps our community by generating revenue that can be directed toward road repairs, garbage pick-up, infrastructure enhancements, and a variety of services provided by our police, fire, Public Works, and other departments.

But perhaps more important is the community-building that happens between Lansing residents and Lansing business owners when sales transactions become personal interactions. Shopping local is how relationships develop, and that’s what community is all about.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known as Small Business Saturday. We at The Lansing Journal and the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce are encouraging your participation.

Shoppers: Will you visit at least one Lansing business on Saturday and spend a little money there? Bring your out-of-town guests with you!

Businesses: Will you join the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce? Doing so not only gives you access to their resources and services, it also adds vibrancy to the network of businesses who are building community here in Lansing.

Click the ad below to visit the Chamber of Lansing website and download a membership application:

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  1. Excellent review of our great stores! Thanks for the reminder of all that our town has to offer. You truly can do all of your Christmas shopping without leaving Lansing!!

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