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Edgewater And Andersonville Put Out Efforts To Promote Local Online Holiday Shopping

With the Holidays here and Covid dictating how we buy gifts for those we love this year, both Edgewater (ECC) and Andersonville (ACC) Chambers of Commerce are actively promoting local businesses online.

A vaccine is on the way and that is of course the best present of all! Unfortunately, it will not arrive until after the Holiday season forcing most of us to choose online shopping safely from our homes.

As local businesses struggle to stay afloat, putting money back into the areas where we live is crucial to local economic health now more than ever before. Hoping to avoid additional small business closures, both the ECC and ACC are actively promoting online gift guides and events to help steer customers over to mom and pop virtual storefronts.

“Shopping locally ensures your dollars are reinvested where they belong, in your community,” said ECC Executive Director Christina Pfitzinger. “We need to shop local in order to keep our neighborhood economy vibrant and healthy and ensure small businesses are here in the spring. We want to advocate that residents do their gift shopping here this year.”

Keeping with this year’s push for online purchasing, the Chambers have issued two separate gift guides that showcase unique products that can be purchased online from your favorite area stores. Pfitzinger said that the guides not only help residents with fresh, one-of-a-kind gift ideas but they also remind us about the power of supporting local.

Each book offers a wide range of retail finds. In the Edgewater guide, Loom Chicago offers a special infinity scarf for $23.50 that is handmade by immigrant women who have fled war, violence, and persecution to start new lives here. In the ACC guide, Dearborn Denim showcases ‘the most comfortable jeans imaginable.’ Starting off at just $60, the denim pants are designed and ethically produced right here in Chicago.

Local restaurants and services are also in the mix of neighborhood businesses looking to help solve even the most problematic gift giving issues. Get your pie order in at Andersonville’s legendary First Slice Cafe. Thier 2020 Holiday form gives you a multitude of edible options such as an indulgent chocolate peanut butter pie. In Edgewater, Salon Echo is featuring a customized gift set that includes both products and services that will help someone special shine this winter.

“The idea for the Edgewater Holiday gift guide came after a local resident wanted to shop local but did not know where to go for everyone on their list,” Pfitzinger added. “While the guide is by no means exhaustive it does help gift buyers think creatively. While we support browsing online to find this year’s hottest gift, you can also opt to just head down the street and pick up items like board games from one of our local shops like Dice Dojo.”

In addition, Andersonville will be taking their annual Late Night Andersonville Shopping Series online this year. The event has already kicked up local sales over the past couple Fridays and will continue tomorrow Dec. 11 and next week Dec. 18.

Late Night Andersonville grants shoppers access to deals, discounts, and offers online between a certain time window each Friday. Customers may also choose free curb-side pickup to avoid the Holiday shipping hustle.

To view the Edgewater Holiday Gift Guide, click here.

To view the Andersonville Holiday Gift Guide, click here.

To view Late Night Andersonville online promotions, click here.


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