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Editorial: Shop Local … every day

Chesapeake Bank for the second time is spearheading a Shop Local Day, and month, and is surely endearing itself to local merchants’ hearts with this promotion.

Such a wonderful idea; and such a shame that residents have to be reminded of the opportunities at home.

We do not have our heads stuck in the sand. We, like everyone, know the frustration sometimes of trying to find the exact thing. The excitement of going "offshore" for a day to shop. The speed and convenience of internet shopping.

But trumping all of the above is the quiet, steady, friendly and dedicated service of local merchants who show up every day, do their utmost to keep customers happy and coming back, and who make many contributions to the community.

They give to fund drives when asked … checks or merchandise or certificates. They employ local people. They collect sales taxes in the community that come back to the community. They are there when needed, often opening up on a weekend or at night i...

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