Shop Milford During the Holiday Season


By Terry Rogers

Holiday shopping season is in full swing and many people are heading to the outlets, malls and big department stores to fill all the wishes on their gift list. Many are searching for the hottest toy or the perfect sweater for someone on their list. The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milford and Downtown Milford, Inc., however, want to remind everyone that there is no need to travel far to find the perfect gift for people on your list.

“Milford residents are a key part in helping Milford thrive,” said Murrie Zlotziver, Executive Director of DMI. “We at DMI look forward to seeing not only Milford residents but visitors to our town as well shopping in our stores. It is important to remember that shopping local matters.”

Several stores in Downtown Milford are not only offering discounts throughout the holiday season, but some are extending hours to make shopping in the downtown area more convenient for shoppers. Several have decided to open their doors on Sunday in order to give shoppers an additional day to see what downtown has to offer.

Gallery 37 will be open Sundays on December 17 and 24 from Noon until 4 PM while Milford Antiques will be open from 11 AM to 3 PM and Irish Rose will be open from 10 AM until 3 PM. The Mispillion Art League will be open from Noon until 5 PM as will Novel Tea Nook. One of the newest stores in the downtown area, Twice Is Nice,  LLC will be open from 1 PM until 4 PM on Sundays. Lifecycle will open for their normal Sunday hours from 9 AM until 3 PM throughout the holiday season as well.

In time for the holiday season, DMI introduced their new DMI Gift Certificate on Shop Small Saturday.  With nearly 20 downtown businesses participating, shoppers can purchase a DMI Gift Certificate for any amount at the DMI office (207 S. Walnut St.) and give the gift of downtown.

“Over 90 percent of the businesses in Delaware are considered small businesses and more than likely these businesses are locally owned, so investing your money in these businesses is basically investing in the future of the local economy,” jo Schmeiser, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford said. “In addition to buying locally to keep the money in your community, if you’re supporting a locally owned business, they employ family, friends and neighbors, which helps keep unemployment low, and also helps keep the local economy thriving. Shopping locally also helps you save money on traveling expenses, and those savings can be invested back into the local community instead, having another positive trickle-down effect for shopping locally.”

Mr. Zlotziver said that when you spend $100 at a local business, approximately $68 remains in the local economy while spending the same $100 at a large chain keeps only $43 in the local economy.  One more reason to choose local retailers for your holiday shopping needs.

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