Every year around this time, I try to make a point of expressing my gratitude toward our local retailers.

Small businesses are the heart of our hometowns. Their unique offerings set them apart from the national chain stores. I love interacting with the people who are putting their heart and soul into their store as well as the community.

Gilligan is a 30-plus years veteran of the Telegraph Herald and has been executive editor since 2017. Email her at amy.gilligan@thmedia.com

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