Glasgow library holds Shop Small scavenger hunt

BOWLING GREEN Ky.-For every dollar spent at a small business, $0.67 stays in the community. The Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library in Glasgow has taken note of this and is holding a shop small scavenger hunt through the week for the second year. A brochure is being distributed at the library that lists participating small businesses. When people visit those businesses, they collect cards that can be brought back to the library. Prizes include library fine forgiveness, coupons, and sweets.

“The people that own these businesses, they are our community members, they’re your neighbors, your friends, your kids go to school with their kids. I just think it’s really important to support our local economy,” said Mary Wood Weldon Memorial library adult services manager Amy Tollison.

Participating businesses see it as a nice gift. One of the participating businesses is the Empty Nest, which sells various decorative products. The owner is joyful to be in a community that’s so supportive.

“It’s important when you can to shop local because we try to support the community and the schools when they need different things. If people could keep that in mind and shop with us, it helps us to give back to others too,” said Empty Nest owner Gaye Flener.

From decorations to office supplies, Barren County Business Supply is another participant.

“It’s amazing just to know that the library has put together such a wonderful event for the community to help promote all the small business here,” Barren County Business Supply president Lisa Dreher.

No matter what the business specializes in, shopping local helps the community thrive.

“They’re helping out the community, the money goes back into the community. You’re putting food on people’s table who live here in barren county. I would highly recommend if you’re given any opportunity to shop local, by all means, do it,” Dreher said.