For the holidays, shop local

In a recent column, Jean Marbella asked if shopping is really good for the economy ("Shopping for Christmas, and for economic recovery," Dec. 4). One way to help the economy is to shop locally. Every dollar spent in a neighborhood store returns about 45 cents to the community, whereas every dollar spent at the mall or with major retail chains only returns about 15 cents to the local area. Shopping in one of Baltimore's neighborhood stores triples the impact on the local economy. Do your holiday shopping on Main Street!

Brent Flickinger, Baltimore

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