Port Lincoln Christmas shoppers urged to look locally

SHOPPING: Kristy Nisbet is keeping her business, 'The Bay Room' up to date with shopping trends.
SHOPPING: Kristy Nisbet is keeping her business, 'The Bay Room' up to date with shopping trends.

Christmas cheer is being spread across Port Lincoln as shoppers are being encouraged to shop locally in the lead up to Christmas Day.

The Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has been spreading the message about the importance of shopping local and the benefits it brings.

Chamber chairperson Jack Ritchie said there was an incredible impact on the local economy as the dollars multiply across the community and helped create jobs.

"You can go online to a site like Amazon but by buying local you get that local follow up and support," he said.

The Bay Room is one of Port Lincoln's many locally-owned businesses and has been promoting measures to encourage people to shop local.

Like many businesses The Bay Room has an online shop which includes a 'click and collect' function.

Store owner Kristy Nisbet has been running the business for 24 years and said the online component created one job and helped The Bay Room keep up with current trends and technology.

She said as a brick and mortar store the business was also always running promotions, such as the current one which will involve awarding three $1000 vouchers on Christmas Eve.

"I think here in Port Lincoln we are very lucky in that we have so many boutique-ey stores on top of access to bigger department stores," she said.

"It's important for stores to adopt to local trends and technology."

As well as promoting the shop local message, Chamber of Commerce has been actively supporting Christmas initiatives including its Up-cycled Christmas Tree Competition to create Christmas trees out of recycled materials, and the Christmas Window Display Competition which encourages CBD businesses to decorate their store fronts.

Mr Ritchie said these, along with enhanced Christmas decorations and the Christmas Pageant on December 22, was aiming to boost the festive feel for Christmas in Port Lincoln.

"It encourages people not only to shop local but attract visitors which boosts spending," he said.

He said there had been great support from Port Lincoln businesses and the Port Lincoln City Council for the festive initiatives.