Why do we say “Manning, Iowa…It’s Refreshing.”?? Because of our refreshing small businesses!!! It is a little early for Christmas but it is not too early for the following message. “As the holidays approach, giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
This year can be different. This year Americans can choose to give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is! It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement…Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course…what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theater. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands. And do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? …leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back
to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS can be a new American Christmas tradition.”
My comments: How about a gift subscription to a local newspaper? Flowers and/or wine from a local store? Consider a gift certificate from the local hardware or sporting goods store for the outdoorsman in the family or gift certificate for everyone from a local restaurant! Our retail stores have items you will not find in Walmart. Do you have a friend with an annoying mechanical problem or dent on their vehicle? Pay for the repair at one of our locally owned auto businesses. And then purchase a car wash! How about an encouraging message on Channel 10 to a friend or loved one? Still can’t come up with a gift idea? Manning Chamber bucks are the right answer. And, yes, Manning businesses are Refreshing…