I have a love/hate rela­tion­ship with the Hamburg area of Lexington. I hate that a once-famous and beau­ti­ful horse farm is now is bustling cook­ie-cut­ter ver­sion of all that is wrong with mod­ern sub­ur­ban America. I hate the traf­fic. I hate the con­fus­ing park­ing lots that seem to be impos­si­ble to exit from. 

On the oth­er hand, it sure is con­ve­nient to hop on I‑64 or Colby Road and be there in minutes. 

Unfortunately, once there, you have to con­tend with the traf­fic and the park­ing. And this time of year, it’s horrendous. 

There is an alter­na­tive. One that avoids all of the neg­a­tives I men­tioned above and has many pos­i­tives to rec­om­mend it. 

Shop local!

The first Saturday after Thanksgiving is deemed “Small Business Saturday” in towns like Winchester all over the nation. It’s a day to learn or re-learn all that the “mom-and-pop” mer­chants here have to offer. 

There are so many advan­tages to doing your hol­i­day shop­ping here in our fair city. 

You can avoid the traf­fic snarls. The com­mute. The big crowds. The huge stores filled with moun­tains of mer­chan­dise but pre­cious few asso­ciates to assist you. 

And what do you gain by choos­ing to shop in Winchester? A lot!

Our town is full of small shops offer­ing a more unique expe­ri­ence. In most cas­es, you’ll find friend­ly own­ers in the stores, ready to assist you. You’ll find one-of-a-kind items that can’t be found in the big box stores. You’ll see friends and neigh­bors. I love the sense of com­mu­ni­ty I expe­ri­ence when I shop here in our town. 

Even bet­ter, you’ll be mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the eco­nom­ic health of our com­mu­ni­ty. Dollars spent here in Clark County most­ly stay here, sup­port­ing our friends and neigh­bors and help­ing to keep our com­mu­ni­ty thriv­ing and vibrant. 

And while you’re out shop­ping and vis­it­ing, be sure to grab a bite at one of our unique local­ly-owned restau­rants. We are blessed with sev­er­al excel­lent restau­rants and pubs. 

I hope to see you this weekend! 

  • Pete Koutoulas

    Pete is an IT pro­fes­sion­al work­ing in Lexington. Formerly of Campton, he and his wife have lived in Winchester since 2015. Pete is a for­mer week­ly news­pa­per pub­lish­er and for­mer colum­nist for the Winchester Sun. These days, when not work­ing he can often be found on his back porch read­ing or writ­ing, in the back­yard tend­ing to his toma­to plants, or put­ter­ing around in his garage or work­shop. Reach Pete at pete@wincitynews.org.