Niagara Gazette


December 18, 2012

BRADBERRY: Good old fashioned Christmas shopping spirit


Niagara Gazette — We need to find a way to focus more of our public and private sector resources on the development of our small, family owned and operated retail businesses. They were, 50 years ago, the backbone of our downtown retail commercial trade, and they are the real future if we are ever going to revive our local economy.

With a combination of good planning, some serious training by alliances and private-public partnerships with Niagara University, Niagara County Community College and the State University system and others combined with some serious relocation incentives, I’d bet many of those businesses who relocated to the suburbs (and others who’d like a chance to try) would be willing to consider coming back home to expand their business opportunities, to be a little closer to the millions of tourists and the thousands of local residents who’d be only to happy to do a little shopping with them all year round in a real downtown Niagara.

Perhaps if we can do that, we might also re-light some of the best of the good old fashioned Christmas Spirit that should go along with the commercial shopping season.

Wouldn’t THAT be nice?

Contact Bill Bradberry at

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