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10 reasons to shop local in Lynchburg

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As the days march forward to Christmas, many people will be out this weekend shopping for gifts for family, friends and loved ones.

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The Lynchburg Retail Merchants Association posted 10 reasons to buy local on their website. This great organization supports local businesses and Lynchburg's local economy.

Lynchburg is home to countless small businesses, many located in Downtown Lynchburg. Standing with the Lynchburg RMA, here are 10 reasons to shop local in Lynchburg.

You'll find one of a kind, unique gifts in Lynchburg stores. Make it your goal to visit at least one store in Lynchburg in the remaining five shopping days before Christmas.

The Lynchburg Downtown Deals Facebook page is a great place to look for holiday specials. Accents Flags & Gifts, Urban Merchants, Gladiola Girls, Pastiche at Main, Studio Eleven and others invite you to come and shop.

Downtown Lynchburg store windows are festive and bright, bringing Christmas cheer to all who enter. Walk inside the stores and you'll find local friends and neighbors willing to help you find just the right gift.

Lynchburg small business owners take time to get to know their customers. Unlike the big box stores, you are more than just another customer.

Small business owners in Lynchburg support local schools, events and activities. Lynchburg small business owners also support one another.

Books written by Lynchburg authors can be found in many Lynchburg small businesses including Givens Books on Lakeside Drive and the Lynchburg Visitors Center on 12th Street.

Handcrafted products and artwork by Lynchburg artists can be found in the Heritage Crafters Gallery and Artist's Alley at Lynchburg Community Market.

You'll find made in Virginia products at Basket Case on Old Forest Road, Aylor's Farm and Garden on Route 221 in Forest and Anderson's Country Market in Madison Heights as well as at the Market.

Lynchburg's and Central Virginia's rich history can be found at the gift shops at Point of Honor, Old City Cemetery, Historic Sandusky and Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.

Park and walk through Downtown Lynchburg, Wyndhurst or the shops of Boonsboro Shopping Center to really feel the local flavor. A short drive will take you to anywhere in Lynchburg.

Dine at Lynchburg restaurants while you're shopping. Market at Main, Charley's and La Carreta are among my favorites but there are so many great choices, you'll want to pick a different restaurant each day.

If you're looking for gifts to suit every taste, you will find great gifts in Lynchburg. Read more about shopping at Lynchburg locations including my personal favorite local places to shop in the articles below.

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