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December 7 ~ 21, 2010

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Ten Thoughts to Consider About Shopping Here In Tehachapi 1. When you purchase at locally owned Tehachapi businesses, rather than the bigbox stores, more money is kept in the community as the local business will purchase many of their goods from other vendors in the area. This keeps the dollar you spend in the area, and helps grow other opportunities. 2. The majority of new employment happens through local businesses. The largest employer in the Tehachapi area is made up of small local businesses, which provides the greatest opportunity for new jobs.

6. Locally owned businesses quickly learn that they can tailor their inventory to the needs of their local customers, which guarantees a much broader range of product choices for the consumer. Competition and diversity leads to more choices and a marketplace of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the longterm. Instead of attempting to fulfill the product base of a national sales plan, they select products based on their own interests and the needs of the local customers.

3. Tehachapi has a unique character, and that character is what brings us here, and makes us want to stay. These one-of-akind businesses create a distinctive character and are an integral part of making Tehachapi the wonderful area that it is. In the words of Richard Moe, President of the National Historic Preservation Trust, “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” Tehachapi has that “someplace” that many areas do not.

7. By purchasing locally, there is reduced environmental impact. One less trip to Bakersfield or Lancaster results in less fuel being used, and small things add up quickly.

4. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community. They are less likely to leave. They care about the people that live and shop here and they have made an investment in the future of the area and will do whatever they can to accommodate their clientele.

9. Research has shown that communities that support and preserve their one-of-akind businesses, the ones that have distinctive character, are more likely to attract entrepreneurs and skilled workers.

5. Because of the investment and the commitment, local businesses hire people with more specific product expertise which allows for better customer service.

8. Businesses located in town centers have a lower need for the additional infrastructure costs that is usually required by nationally owned stores entering the community. The result of supporting the locally owned business is that the public benefits far outweigh the public costs.

10. Last on this list of ten, but far from the least, is that nonprofit organizations receive an average of 350% greater support from locally owned businesses than they do from the nationally owned businesses.

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MUFFINS, BREADS & COOKIES Recipes to make your own gifts To decorate jars, cut fabric in 9" diameter circles. Screw down the jar ring to hold fabric in place or hold fabric with a ribbon, raffia, twine, yarn, lace or string (first secure the fabric with a rubber band before tying). Punch a hold in the corner of the recipe card and use the ribbon, raffia, etc. to attach the card to the jar. These gifts should keep for up to six months. If the mix contains nuts, it should be used within three months. To make a gift in a jar fancier, decorate it with a doily and ribbon. For a special touch, attach a wooden spoon to the jar. For an out of the ordinary gift, try placing the mix in a mixing bowl along with kitchen utensils, cookbooks, recipe cards, towels, and potholders.

Holiday Muffin Mix 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk 2 T. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1 T. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground cloves Layer the ingredients in the order given into a wide-mouth 1-quart canning jar. Pack each layer in place before adding the next ingredient. Attach a recipe card with the mixing and baking directions.

Holiday Muffins Mixing & Baking Directions 1 jar Holiday Muffin Mix 1 1/3 cup water

2 eggs, slightly beaten 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl combine the Holiday Muffin Mix with water, eggs, and oil. Stir until the mixture is just blended. Do not overmix. Spoon the batter into greased muffin tins, filling 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm or cool completely on wire rack. Variation: Add 1 cup miniature chocolate chips or 1 cup pecan pieces to batter.

The Loop newspaper ~ December 7-21, 2010  

Tehachapi, California's Source for Community News & Entertainment. Our publication contains articles on local businesses and members of our...

The Loop newspaper ~ December 7-21, 2010  

Tehachapi, California's Source for Community News & Entertainment. Our publication contains articles on local businesses and members of our...