Black Friday in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Big shopping event that's moved from U.S. resulting in deals here

• Many Canadians are keeping their dollars at home this year because of the exchange rate.

• Money spent at local businesses is reinvested in your community creating diversity and helping the community maintain its unique appeal.

• Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local community.

• Local businesses are more generous in their support of charities, schools and events.

• Out-of-town shops have done a good job convincing us that local business equals expensive costs to the consumer. But if you add travel, fees to transfer items and your time, the overall cost is often much higher, especially when dealing with the exchange rate as well.

• Evidence shows people receive better customer care and service locally. These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business.

• Personal connection – getting to know the local store owner/manager is a great reason to shop local. It’s their business, they are the decision makers and they build personal relationships with their customers.