ARCHIVE: Making a List? Checking it Twice?: Leon Springs Holiday Shopping Made Easy

Story and photographs by Pamela Price

This article originally appeared in the November 2010 issue of Leon Springs Community News.

According to a 2009 Bloomberg.com report, the number of small, independent businesses participating in “buy local” marketing campaigns has doubled since 2005. The common motivation? A desire to persuade consumers to skip trips to big box retailers and head to neighborhood stores for their purchases, thereby infusing regional economies with much-needed cash.

Kimbree Camp of The Invitation Chicks. Photo copyright 2010 Pamela Price

While there isn’t a formal Leon Springs “buy local” campaign, area residents who prefer to spend their holiday dollars in the community have several convenient options, be it stocking stuffers or sugarplums that they seek. As it happens, the annual holiday to-do list can serve as impetus for exploring smaller businesses.

For fun, we’ll begin with the search for the humble Christmas card. A visit to The Invitation Chicks, situated on the IH-10 frontage road across from Sonic, seems the logical starting point. Continue reading “ARCHIVE: Making a List? Checking it Twice?: Leon Springs Holiday Shopping Made Easy”