Eat Birds and Shop Local
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is coming up so soon! Where does time fly? Coming to the Unites States from Norway, I was always fascinated with the notion of Thanksgiving. As my people’s traditions do not include feathers, pies and pumpkins or turkeys, this holiday symbolizes something truly unique to America. The first Thanksgiving I ever experienced was when I was 12 years old. It was our first November in the States, and as we got the week off from school my parents took my little brother and I to New York City. It was fantastic. Our Thanksgiving eve was spent in a hotel where we enjoyed our first taste of turkey and cranberries prepared by a real American chef. I remember us discussing this strange new tradition around the dinner table as we anticipated what in the world potatoes with marshmallows on them would possibly taste like.
Little did we know, that a major part of this unique tradition is shopping, shopping, and more shopping. Something few of us probably have a problem with. But my grandfather used to always tell us that every time you open your wallet, you’re casting a vote as to what kind of world you want to live in. With these words of wisdom in mind, I’d like to invite and encourage everyone to shop small and local November 28th, as it is Small Business Saturday. Enjoy special promotions and even in-store events at participating businesses downtown. Personally I don’t think a shopping experience spent supporting at a huge commercial corporation can come close in comparison to the feeling shopping and supporting a local business owner and his/her family brings.
As Downtown Boulder’s Marketing and Communications Intern, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with many of the local business owners down on the mall. As a true immigrant, I believe supporting small businesses and their owners transcends into supporting the American Dream. Now what kind of foreigner would I be if I didn’t support that? ;) Till next time, hade på bade! -Maria Bond