Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Support Your Community This Holiday Season

As the Christmas shopping season gets underway, we want to urge readers of the Dorchester Times to consider buying their gifts closer to home.  

Why not purchase gift certificates or locally made products as gifts instead of low-quality items manufactured in foreign countries?  

One e-mail circulating throughout the nation puts it this way:
"Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so China can build another glittering city or retool its military arsenal.  Christmas is now about caring about us, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams.  When we care about other Americans, we care about our communities and our shared future. The benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine."
There are many in Dorchester and the Saline County area banding together to support our own local businesses this holiday season.  

Here are some suggestions on how you can be a part of this effort:
  • Buy locally made products whenever possible.
  • Give gift certificates for local restaurants and service providers, such as hair salons, eating establishments, banks, repair shops, and gasoline stations.  (In Dorchester, think about The Well spa and health products; Donna's Hair Creations; the Co-op service station; Saline State Bank; City Slickers Bar and Grille; Tyser Weld and Repair; antique dealers and shops; Barley's Specialties; and others.)
  • Share baked goods, healthy (or not-so-healthy) snacks and other goodies with your neighbors.
We want to know how people in Dorchester and throughout Saline County are thinking about their holiday shopping this year. Leave us your ideas in the comments section of this post.


  1. How about giving Donna's Hair Creations gift certificates to all your moms, daughters and sisters, aunts and grandmas.

  2. I'm from crete but does dorchester still have that candle shop on main street? i would recommend getting candles there they are soooo good. i need to get down there again.

  3. Blue Door Country Candles are open Monday-Friday from 2pm-8pm. Saturdays 9am-12pm. Gift Certificates are available as well.

  4. Gift certs to Joe's Place.

    If my kids are reading, I WANT THEM!

  5. can you get gas certificates at the coop?

  6. also I recommend using l.j. barley if you need any body work done on your vehicle

  7. How about volunteering to help people clean up their properties

    That would save the village tons in lawyer fees

  8. buy a new preowned vehicle from our only car dealer

  9. I will make a stop soon at our town's only antique dealer!

  10. The Coop does have gift certs, they can be purchased in any denominations. Also, don't forget Crete Cares, help to give someone in the Dorchester area a nice Christmas dinner either through a donation or help pack & deliver boxes.

  11. My
    comment would be:

    A way to generate action by all property owners is that in the cleanup notice advise that:

    1. 30 days will be allowed to fully comply in cleaning the property.

    2. If the notice is not FULLY complied with, then have a Village clean up crew accomplish the task.

    3. After a Village clean up, file a lien for that clean up cost w/the County Court House in Wilber.

    These simple steps should resolve the problem and negate the constant complaints and educate all
    property owners as to their responsibilities. Some folks you can reason with and be nice, others it is
    totally futile and in the end costs more in both ill feelings and greater legal costs.

    Best Regards,

    265 Coyote Ridge, Kerrville, TX,78028

  12. Tell the city workers thank you for putting up all those decorations. Always a nice sight.

  13. Who ever you are small town gal I appreciate the effort on the gift certificates I am truly thankful!! and to the people who have supported my business.I have worked very hard and will continue to do so !!!! Merry Christmas to all

  14. gift certificates for a massage I got mine at The Well / the Thompson mansion


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