With the Christmas shopping season about to begin, businesses in Paintsville and Johnson County are asking that shoppers “think local” when planning their holiday shopping. Several local entrepreneurs will be participating in Saturday’s “Small Business Saturday” event — an annual attempt to turn a focus on the impact of small businesses.

Lynette and Laurel, a women’s clothing, boutique and gift shop on the corner of College and Main Street, is one of the many small businesses open in Paintsville on Small Business Saturday.

“At this point it sounds cliché to shop local,” said Coleman. “But it is truly vital for our area that we keep money here at home. Money spent in town at locally-owned shops like Lynette and Laurel helps to support our community. We pay local taxes, we support our schools, our fire departments, food banks, homeless shelter and individuals and neighbors in need. We believe in keeping our beautiful little town alive and it’s only going to happen with shopping local.

“On a personal note we have the best customers and it’s an honor to serve them,” she said.

Coleman also noted that co-owners Trisha Kennard and Victoria Childers share her sentiment.

Keenan Powers, owner of Prime Diner & Grill on Main Street, also stressed the importance of small businesses to the community.

“Honestly, small businesses like what me and my fiancé are doing here, and like so many others here on Main Street and this area, are a dying breed,” he said. “But in my eyes, this is what America was built on — those who are willing to take chances for their family’s financial stability while maintaining the underlying need for freedom from corporations. This area is the perfect example. If you haven’t noticed, take a drive down Main Street and witness it for yourself as we all try and put a breath of fresh air and life into our community.”

“I think there’s nothing better for our local livelihood than shopping local and spending our money throughout the community that we all love,” he continued.

Calvin Daniels, owner of 606 Hemp on Main Street, said that small businesses are the “lifeblood” of a community.

“Without them a community has no identity,” Daniels said. “Without them, an area has no soul.”

There are many opportunities to participate in Small Business Saturday and economic growth in the community. To be a part of the vision shared by the local business owners in this story, visit local shops, restaurants and antique stores that the community has to offer this Nov. 30.

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