Nov. 17 – 30, 2012
City of Chandler Insider
Shop Chandler for healthier community
SHATTERING THE SENSES: After landing their unique glassware in thousands of restaurants across the nation, Peter and Sigrid Sciacca decided to open their first retail store, di Sciacca, in the historic Rowena Theater in downtown Chandler in 2005. City officials are asking residents to shop locally this holiday season to support local businesses while conserving tax dollars for city services. Submitted photo
While the economy is edging toward recovery, many families are still carefully considering every purchase. The City of Chandler and the local business community are encouraging residents to factor where those hard dollars are spent as an important part of the equation. Keeping shopping dollars in Chandler is an integral part of a healthy community that includes residents, businesses, schools, nonprofits and government services. According to the National Retail Federation, the holiday season can account for as much as 40% of annual earnings for a business. That makes the choice to Invest Wisely, Shop Chandler critical in November and December as shoppers spend on gifts, gatherings and groceries. The main benefit for the business community is keeping the local economy running strong through hard fiscal times. Residents are key to making that success a reality. Fortunately, Chandler has a diverse business community that makes it easy to shop locally. In the last year, Pruitt’s Furniture has located in Chandler at the recently improved Alma School and Ray intersection. New restaurants include The Sushi Room, Culvers, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Can’t Stop Smokin’ and Rudy’s BBQ and Country Store. Chandler Fashion Center has a wide swath of choices including the newly opened H&M. The above join an already vibrant business community that includes downtown restaurants and shops, local farmers markets and unique neighborhood retailers. Maintaining a loyalty to the local business community is more than a show of camaraderie; it’s an investment in the things important to Chandler as a community. Local businesses are often the first to contribute
DESERT DINING: Hungry patrons don’t need to leave Chandler’s boundaries to find good eats. A bevy of new restaurants opened this year, joining an already eclectic array of dining options like the beautiful patio at El Zocolo, pictured here. Submitted photo
to nonprofit organizations, youth sports teams and schools. Shop Chandler is one way to return that support by contributing to the financial health of local businesses.
Santan Sun News Community 11-17-12