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Village Manager's Blog

Shop Local This Holiday Season

SBP23539-BWBy Village Manager Phil Kiraly 

As I prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this year with my family, I’ve been reflecting on all that I have to be thankful for this year. In December, I will celebrate my fourth year as your Village Manager, and as I look back on my time here I feel privileged to serve and live in such a prospering place. I am thankful for the Glencoe community - for our superb municipal services (and the great team of employees that go with those services), excellent schools, an active park district and thoughtfully engaged residents. To top it all off, we also have access to endless amenities (like world-class theatre and a truly spectacular botanic garden) and an excellent, thriving business community.

No matter the economic environment, a successful downtown in a small community such as ours is not a given. It is the result of hard working small business owners and their excellent teams, a supportive local government and a community willing to invest in local businesses through their patronage. As you check items off your holiday shopping lists, I hope you will join me in incorporating Glencoe businesses into your shopping as much as possible. You really can find everything you need in Glencoe!

Glencoe is a community of small businesses – and this weekend, you have an ideal opportunity to support these small businesses during Small Business Saturday. Sponsored by the Glencoe Chamber of Commerce and the Village, many Glencoe businesses are offering special promotions and offers all day Saturday, November 25. New this year, you can enjoy a horse and carriage ride through downtown from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., compliments of the North Shore Community Bank. An insert featuring these promotions was included in Wednesday’s Glencoe Anchor and is available for download here.

While you’re out and about, I also encourage you to keep the Glencoe Community Holiday Drive in mind. Established in 1990, the Glencoe Community Holiday Drive is a community service organization aiding in the happiness and well-being of our less privileged neighbors during the holiday season. Holiday Drive volunteers collect care packages, unwrapped toys, non-perishable foods, paper goods and monetary donations. In 2016 alone, 23 area families, 52 low-income seniors and adults with disabilities and hundreds of children had brighter holiday seasons thanks to the work of this wonderful community effort. 

New this year, the Holiday Drive will host limited drop-off hours at 664 Vernon Avenue, the old Books on Vernon storefront. Stay tuned to our website and social media outlets for hours and learn more about how to donate and get involved as a volunteer with the Holiday Drive here.

Thank you for keeping Glencoe’s local businesses and the work of our great community volunteers in mind this holiday season! From my family to yours, may you have a happy and restful Thanksgiving!