We all love to pick up the free publications we find at the grocery store, here at the marina and other local retailers. Technology now offers a broader selection but these are local and they are tradition, cottagers are disappointed when we run out.
Cottage Country Connection is one of the free publications cottagers enjoy reading. Managed by Donna Matthews, this publication has transformed from a local tabloid into an impressive magazine in just a few short years. While the physical presentation has become very polished, the inside has as well. While there are still ads, the content has matured in terms of substance separating it apart from the other 'free' publications that are primarily ads with a smattering of entertaining fluff to read on the dock.
The November/December issue of Cottage Country Connection was released a few weeks ago and the message in Letters from the Publishers on page 4 are worth repeating. Unfortunately the crowd of cottagers are away right now and may not read it.
While this issue highlights local retailers and holiday shopping, the content speaks to the whole year, not just the holidays.
This commentary says;
"Before you spend your holiday dollars this year, we encourage you to consider the cost to yuor community when you do not place your business here in the region. As the saying goes - Use it or Lose It! Keep Cottage Country prosperous and shop local this holiday season.
This goes for the full year. We own a restaurant but make sure that we go to Standard 28, the Swiss Bear and Uncle Georges, not only to 'get out occasionally' but to support local. We have our own gas pumps but go to Kemp's for our road vehicles to refill and say hello to Charlie. We buy much of our hardware items at Home Hardware -- while amazon and home depot might have wider selection or better prices -- we value having Home Hardware here and support them by way of giving them our business. Sometimes saving a few pennies/dollars will be our downfall.
As residents, we appreciate having local shops. We have purchased gifts from Wellington Street, the local gift shop, no more though, it's gone now.
You may be here only part time but you are still a 'resident'. We all have to spend money at the local businesses or lose them. Shop at the local grocery store, the local gas station, home hardware, and the restaurants. Please consider spending dollars for your cottage items in cottage country. Rather than hauling in fuel from a highway gas station, buy it here. Aside from the environmental risks, you are showing support to your marina. We need your purchases and you need us. Yes, our fuel is more costly. We are a 'little guy', not part of a large chain. We pay a lot more for our fuel than the highway gas station. We also sell the correct product for your boat which also makes it more costly.
This message may be self serving but it does apply to the marina as well. Your slip fee alone will not sustain the marina. You need us but we need you too.
Need a christmas gift for someone? How about a tube for the kids? Wakeboard? For your spouse...one of the new fire-pits or adirondack chairs we now have available? Or how about one of the inflatable PFDs that perhaps you know someone wants but finds it too much of a splurge for themself?
Town Council needs to focus on economic development in North Kawartha - it is a priority. In a matter of a year, we've lost Kawartha Cottage Wear, Wellington Street and soon RBC.
The businesses in Cottage Country are here for you when you need us. Be there for us. Spend your shopping dollars at your local businesses.
To see the full content of Letters From the Publisher at Cottage Country Connection, click on this link; www.cottagecountryconnection.com/
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