Shop local this this season in Brookfield

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As Christmas rapidly approaches, I hope all Brookfield residents will make an effort to try to buy in Brookfield whenever possible. While I understand that Internet shopping and big-box store shopping has some advantages and is necessary in some cases, we can all try to support those who invest their time and money in our village.

Our local business owners pay local property taxes, sales tax and license fees that support local government services. They also give back to our community through their participation in special events and sponsorships of sports teams and community projects.

As you finish your shopping list or are looking for that stocking stuffer or last-minute gift for your family, friends or service people, please consider our Brookfield businesses, service companies and restaurants. Maybe go into the place that sponsored your child's Little League team and buy something. Perhaps go browse in one of the shops you saw in the program listing the sponsors of the village holiday celebration. Most of these places offer gift certificates that make gift giving easy.

By making the effort to buy in Brookfield, not only will you be saying thanks to our local business owners who put in long hours, you will be helping you own village. The increase in sales tax revenue will help reduce the burden on property tax and other fees.

Thank you and may everyone have a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and safe 2013.

Mike Garvey

Mike Garvey is Brookfield's village president.

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Posted: December 13th, 2012 6:37 AM

Aw come on Mark.You can get every gift you could think of at the Helping Hand store.They even have "older"model cell phones,retro toys,etc.Probably Eco friendly too,seeing how no ones thrown any of it out.

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: December 12th, 2012 9:51 PM

mike there are no stores for electronics and clothing or cell phones . i ordered everything on amazon with free shipping. so you can buy gas booze or grocerys and thats it.

Jon from Brookfield  

Posted: December 12th, 2012 7:33 PM

John - the flea argument - <yawn> - FoxNews logic was voted out last month.


Posted: December 12th, 2012 7:15 PM

Larry the cable guy?Greenie is that all you pick up on your tv in Rural Kentucky.Take a deep breath of that good ol'coal soot.

For a Greener Tomorrow II from Brookfield  

Posted: December 12th, 2012 6:22 PM

Hey John running from from the water tower story now that others have joined me and my argument in calling you an illegal polluter? Mark it is great to know that you do take the time and make the effort to recycle. Appears John is trying to be your Larry the cable guy. You should check some of his posts regarding used oil and tires under the water tower story. You will than see a greener for turbines is a lot better for the future of a clean Brookfield.


Posted: December 12th, 2012 5:58 PM

you're right Mark.Just a couple of months ago a huge project out west was stopped over concern for some " endangered flea". Costing hundreds of jobs.Thats how asinine some of these environmental nuts can be.

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: December 12th, 2012 5:47 PM

hey i have recycled ever since the village started it and use energy saving appliances.just dont believe in the global warming theory and all the treehuggers trying to save birds or owls over jobs.

Mike McNeily from brookfield  

Posted: December 12th, 2012 2:00 PM

For retail locations, try For the Birds and Betty's flowers on Broadway, along Grand you can try out Nest Vintage Modern, Past Reflections, Christopher Mark Flowers and Gifts, Emerald Bay Jewelers and Brennan Massage and Spa. Remember, when you buy local, more tax dollars stay local. There are really so many cool shops in town, I suggest you take a little bit of time to go in and stop by!

For A Greener Tomorrow II from Brookfield  

Posted: December 12th, 2012 12:59 PM

Mark Roegner mentioning green in conversation. Way to go Mark!

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: December 12th, 2012 12:46 PM

there are some good places to eat in brookfield including tonys, brookfield restaurant, the sanctuary, paisians pizza . you can but groceries at tischlers or cvs and go drink at one of the many bars but there is no place to shop for what my friends or family want. so i went green and did all my shopping online.

Mike McNeily from brookfield  

Posted: December 12th, 2012 8:28 AM

Thank you Mr. Garvey, if people want an extensive list to find local shops and retailers, restaurants and service professionals, please go to These local business owners not only cater to your individual wants and needs, but they help stimulate the economy. Many of them are your neighbors and friends. The Brookfield Chamber wishes everyone Happy Holidays!

Where from here  

Posted: December 12th, 2012 7:39 AM

Um what business's????? Oh I know all the bars in town where we can get gift cards for and give it to others as a gift so they can go to bar get drunk drive home and cops can bust them for DUI and get money that way too. Unbelievable article like this written to shop in Brookfield Look around we have MT lots and now plans for new library and a tax increase. Open your eyes people in office???

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