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Our editors present Triad City Beat‘s first Grassroots Gift Guide. We know what you’re thinking. And no: There’s no pay to play here. We simply culled the coolest stuff from our reporting over the year to put together a list of local goods you should consider buying as gifts to your loved ones for the holiday season. Bonus content: a calendar.
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We know what you’re thinking.
Here we go: Another “holiday gift guide” filled with advertisers who paid for the privilege of being mass-marketed to willing eyeballs during the biggest buying frenzy of the year.
But that’s not what’s happening here.
Our first annual Holiday Gift Guide embodies a philosophy. And the only pitch we’re making is that you spend some money this year with local craftsmen, artists and businesses.
Like politics, all economics is local, and keeping our money in our communities helps everyone who lives, works and plays in the Triad. Spending locally puts your dollars directly in the pockets of your neighbors without giant, out-of-town interests peeling off a cut. When you spend $50 at Target, it barely registers in the corporate cash tsunami. Spend $50 at a local business, and they’ll remember your name.
Artists are basically small-business owners, too, with real costs in terms of overhead and labor.
But it’s not all about financial patriotism. We believe we have the finest artists, crafters and purveyors of goods in the state of North Carolina.
This is by no means a comprehensive survey — our editors sourced some of the best gift ideas in the Triad, pulled from the pages of Triad City Beat and some of the amazing artists and businesses we’ve encountered so far this year.
The gift guide is curated by our editors, not our advertising department. No one paid to be in it. Just to be clear: It’s not marketing, it’s journalism.
But it’s also about civic pride, the spirit of giving and the acknowledgement that we are all in this together. When you buy locally, you are actually giving two gifts — one of them is present and the other is the sale to a local business owner.
Mother: I can always tell when you are working on your house. You walk like a WNBA player.
Me: Blame my roommate. He has a lot of tools.
Mother: I don’t care. I didn’t pay for sixteen years of ballet to watch you walk like a lesbian.
The beauty of living in a historic neighborhood is that it is impossible to be bored. There is always something to do: to your house.
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3. High Point
This week we’re ranking the cities based on how they activate local markets as nerve centers for social life and commerce. Despite the yeoman efforts of a grassroots network of revitalization activists and Support Local High Point, the only activity in the Triad’s third city that qualifies as a holiday market is the Uptowne High Point Holiday Stroll on Dec. 6. Sorry, High Point, you’re last again. Read More
by Eric Ginsburg
City officials share their plan to curb violence in downtown Greensboro and hear from residents with a slate of ideas for addressing the issue.
Just one week after the first community meeting, organized in the wake of a shooting and murder in downtown Greensboro, it appears outrage from stakeholders has somewhat dissipated.
At a second community meeting organized by Downtown Greensboro Inc. and the Downtown Residents Association on Nov. 19, fewer people turned out than at a swiftly assembled meeting the week before, and those who came mostly had cooler tempers. Read More
We know what you’re thinking. Here we go: Another “holiday gift guide” filled with advertisers who paid for the privilege of being mass-marketed to willing eyeballs during the…
Here are some places you can find locally produced gifts over the coming weeks.