12:37pm

Mon November 28, 2011
Business and the Economy

Buying Local During the Holidays

Shopping for the holidays  is moving right along , and Kentuckians are again being urged to buy local.  Such purchases are good for the local economy and the environment.  December has been designated by the state as ‘Give a Gift in Kentucky Month.”  Many of those gifts are bought at the Kentucky Artisan Center, just off I-75 near Berea.  Since its opening eight years ago, center executive director Victoria Faoro says the diversity of gifts has grown.

“They’re making wonderful products…carrying on traditions… developing  new art forms and it’s important for people to purchase the work in order to keep them able to make a living as artisans,” said Faoro.    

On sale this holiday season at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea are products made by more than 650 artisans from across the Commonwealth.  When the center opened just off Interstate-75 eight years ago, only 250 artisans had works on sale there.  Besides filling the pockets of Kentucky-based painters, weavers, and jewelry makers, Faoro adds buying local means less pollution..

“You know our products are all made in Kentucky…and many of them are hand delivered as people are in route somewhere else,” added Faoro. 

December is being designated by the state as “Give a Gift Made in Kentucky’ month.  With a laboring economy, Faoro says more people are spending their gift dollars locally.