giftguide-graphic-008One week from today it’s Small Business Saturday, and we’re going to once again shine the PopCult Gift Guide spotlight on local merchants. You should get out and support our local stores. 100% of every dollar spent with a local retailer stays relatively local. There are the folks who have cool stuff and gift certificates. If we missed any, please feel free to give ’em a plug in the comments section. Don’t forget to check out Oddbird Gift Emporium, whom we told you about yesterday.

So shop local and purchase gift certificates from cool area merchants like Art Emporium,Collage, Stray Dog Antiques, The Purple Moon, Taylor Books, Sullivan’s Records, Budget Tapes & Records, and Kid Country Toys and Eclectics, and the other Bridge Road shops.

If you want to treat your loved one to some professional tender loving care, we can recommend Amy Williams Wellness, Bliss Spa and Boutique or Neu Asthetic. If your chosen gifting target is a reader, visit Woodland Press for an enormous selection of books by local authors.

The main thing is to get out there and shop local. I know it’s convenient to click away, and lord knows I’ve included tons of online-only items in the Gift Guide, but the local touch means so much more, and you make your immediate world a better place.