To the editor:
As a community; Bristol has many great attractions that make Bristol a wonderful place to live. We have a wide range of great restaurants, shops and watering holes. We have eight museums, a very active library, a resource rich university, farms and farmers markets, a spectacular waterfront, a well-used bike path, 19 parks and a history both in architecture and in written form that makes us special. A look through the venerable Bristol Phoenix and one can find a wide range of activities for Bristolians of all ages. These are the things that make our town a vibrant community, but to remain vibrant we all need to come together and support our local businesses and attractions. Of special note, Bristol is blessed with a wide variety of local shopping, service and dining choices that fit every budget and virtually every interest. Not only is shopping locally a good value and convenient, but it supports the quality of life in our town. By shopping local you enhance the economic vitality of the community. Economically viable businesses hire more employees (usually our neighbors and our youth), buy more goods and services, provide more goods and services, pay more in taxes and contribute to worthy local causes. This last point deserves emphasis. Throughout the year our local businesses of all types support a wide variety of charitable and other worthy fund-raising activities that are church, school, scouting, and community organizations related. Business owners will tell you that during the year they are approached multiple times a week for contributions or donations for one cause or another. This positive support to the community can only be sustained if the community supports our local merchants and attractions throughout the year. Studies show that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, significantly more of your money stays in and strengthens the economic base of the community. Support your local merchants – they do support you!
119 Hope St.
Michael T. Byrnes
244 Metacom Ave.
Editor’s note: Both Mr. Byrnes and Mr. Hirsh are co-chairs of Explore Bristol.