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Shop Fort Collins

It’s official, the holidays are upon us. If your holiday traditions include giving gifts, we encourage you to do your shopping right here in Fort Collins. The lure of online retailers (and free shipping!) can be tempting, but before you click "buy now" consider these reasons why shopping in Fort Collins makes a positive impact on your community and can help make your life easier.

  1. Bigger Bang for Your Buck – we’re not talking about shopping deals – although there are plenty of which to take advantage –we’re talking about how shopping in Fort Collins supports our community. With every purchase you’re helping to support local jobs and area businesses.
  2. Civic Pride – For every $10 you spend in Fort Collins, .385 cents goes toward supporting key City services such as parks, street maintenance, and police and fire protection.
  3. No Shipping Returns – who likes to make a return to an online retailer? Re–packing the item, waiting at the post office, obsessively tracking your package online in hopes of it arriving on time – it will drive you crazy. Good–bye holiday productivity!
  4. Avoiding I–25 – Also known as a "the race track", the last thing you need around the holidays are road rage or fender benders. Travel across Fort Collins or down your street to the nearest shopping center and avoid highway mishaps and wear and tear on your car.

To help you get into the holiday spirit, Downtown Fort Collins is once again lit up and sparkling thanks to a partnership between the City of Fort Collins, Downtown Fort Collins Business Association, the Downtown Development Authority and a number of standout businesses who have chipped in to fund this annual tradition.

Of course, Downtown isn’t the only location with holiday spirit. Whether visiting Front Range Village, Fort Collins Marketplace, Foothills Mall, or any of the hundreds of other Fort Collins retailers, you’ll find merriment – and great shopping – abound.

Remember, the money you spend in Fort Collins, stays in Fort Collins. Learn more at fcgov.com/shop.

With all this talk of shopping, let’s not forget what the season is really about: spending time with your friends and family. The Economic Health Office wishes you and yours the happiest of holidays!

A version of this article appeared in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on November 19, 2012.