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Holiday incentive boosts local economy

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8:00 am



Local officials are drawing residents’ attention to places they can do much of their Christmas shopping without having to leave their communities.

In Richmond County, Patricia Pugh, executive director of the Warsaw-Richmond County Main Street Program, said there are lots of opportunities for people to find gifts for their friends and family at the businesses immediately surrounding them.

“We have a lot to offer people, so we want them to double-think before they drive 60 miles or even seven miles across the river,” Pugh said with a chuckle.

She said candies and toys such as Barbie Dolls, wagons and replicas of trucks and heavy equipment could be found at venues like Tractor Supply Company, the Rite Aid near Food Lion, Dollar General and Family Dollar in Warsaw.

Pugh added that signatures candies, such as old fashioned-style sweets, were available at ‘mom and pop stores’ like Thomas’s Store in Emmerton.

Warsaw Planning Commissioner Mac Lowery, responding to concerns that there virtually wasn’t anything for consumers in Warsaw, crafted a list of over 100 businesses in the town where people can spend their hard-earned dollars.

Lowery observed stores such as Amisha’s Fashions, Cindy Lloyd’s Design and Captain Faunce’s Seafood where people can find dresses, local foods and other gifts for Christmas.

In outlining Warsaw’s specialty shops, Lowery highlighted Colonial Collectibles and Gifts, Gordon’s Pet Store and Commonwealth Florist, Inc.  For consumers looking for gifts like chainsaws, weed trimmers and leaf blowers, Lowery referenced the STIHL products offered by Warsaw Small Engine Service on Route 360 East.

Lowery also pointed out the number of eateries in town, ranging from The Fat Finch, Hunan Garden, The Daily and Northern Neck Gourmet to China Inn, Roma’s Ristorante Italiano, Anna’s Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Hardee’s and McDonald’s, all of which could possibly bring families together during the holidays for lunch and…


-For the full story, pick up a copy of the Dec. 18 issue of the Northern Neck News, on stands now!