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Still need to Christmas shop, try the benefits of going local

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Dec 16 2013 08:55:35 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 16 2013 11:07:55 PM CST
NORTH STATE, Calif. -

There are nine days until Christmas and if you still haven't gotten a gift, local shops are asking for your business.

According to the website thinkshopbuylocal.com for every dollar spent at a local business, 45 cents is reinvested locally.

Everything sold at Enjoy the Store in downtown Redding is regionally made.

That includes things like jewelry, chocolates, coffee, candles, cards, pottery, glassware, as well as plenty of cute knick-knacks for around the home.

Owner, James Mazzotta, who was busy at the cash register Monday afternoon said there are world-class products made in the Northstate.

"You don't have to buy from somewhere else. There are quality products made right here in our backyard," said Mazzotta.

Shopper, Carolyn Tapscott of Palo Cedro, was in the store Tuesday, checking out a display of olive oil from Tehama County.

"I think it's very important to support our community," said Tapscott.

For her, shopping local is about bringing back old memories.

"It kinda makes you go back to being more family oriented kinda just brings back the traditional Christmas," said Tapscott.

A few miles away at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, workers said scooping up local goods means you're investing in the community.

"Local dollars stay here in Shasta County and in Redding. So dollars spent here at Turtle Bay actually go toward our educational programming which reaches out to all of Shasta County and our surrounding counties," said Carrian Harwig.

For Tapscott, who is a mother, that cycle is what it's all about.

"We came here 14 years ago to raise our son and it was the best move we ever made."