At this point in the Christmas shopping season, if you’ve put off buying gifts for loved ones and think that there is still time left to get everything purchased online and delivered to your door by Christmas Eve, well let me play the Grinch for you with this reality check.
Instead of indulging in those fantasies, do yourself a favor and head out to local independent retailers and complete your wish lists with items bought from stores that contribute to the local economy. I’ve talked to myriad indie store owners during the last few weeks and the stories of steady crowds are encouraging, but there’s always room to expand and promote the shop local movement.
Directing buying power to establishments that are invested in the community boosts job creation and fosters entrepreneurship at a time when Memphis could use a lot more of both.
So keep that in mind this week as you’re celebrating the holiday and if you’re inclined to check out all the after-Christmas sales, make sure to shop local.
Because Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall midweek, most local entrepreneurship, small business and technology groups are taking a hiatus and will regroup in early 2014. But, there are a few gatherings still scheduled for folks who want to kick back and take a breather from holiday overload.
The MidSouthMakers will host an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at their maker space at 2804 Bartlett Road, Suite 2. Drop by to chat with other area tech-forward creatives and find out what this diverse group is doing to promote technology and innovation in the community.
If you’re out and about on New Year’s Day, make a resolution to become more technologically savvy in 2014 and drop by Panera Bread at 4530 Poplar at 11:30 a.m. for the MemTech Lunch. The Dutch treat affair is open to anyone with a passion for technology and provides a casual forum where folks can share their expertise and learn from others. Stay as long as you’re able and get to know some of the area’s brightest creatives.
And on Thursday, WordPress Memphis will host its first gathering of the new year at 6 p.m. at EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee. Inclement weather dictated that the previous get-together be an online-only meetup, so this will be the first time in a couple months that the group has been able to share ideas in a common space. If you’re an avid blogger or new to the whole WordPress universe, bring your laptop and prepare to expand your knowledge of this growing platform.
There’s no cost to attend, but visit meetup.com/memphis-technology-user-groups/events/tgxtqyscbdb/ and add your name to the list so that organizers will have an idea of how many to expect.
And that’s about it as we close out 2013. Here’s hoping that you and yours enjoy a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2014!