Local businesses are vital
Most items given as gifts or for personal use can be found right here in Cherokee County.
When we patronize local businesses, we bolster the local tax base. That base is essential for maintaining municipal and county governments, as well as school districts.
Local business people are our neighbors. They strengthen our civic organizations and our churches. When any local charity or youth organization seeks contribution of money or merchandise or service, they don't go to businesses in Sioux City or Des Moines.
Sometimes we absolutely have to go outside of the county for what we need. When that becomes necessary, it is fine to go through the big chain stores to look at the items, but shoppers should always ask, "Can I get this item closer to home?" if the answer is 'yes', wait to purchase the item until you get back home.