'Tis the Season: Tell Us Where to Shop Locally for the Holidays

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A woman and her daughter look at figurines in a store.

As the holiday shopping season arrives, Forum considers what local merchants have to offer over the big-box stores and online behemoths. We'll consider the challenging business climate for independent stores, and we want to hear from you: What are your favorite local stores for holiday shopping?


Ari Takata-Vasquez, founder and owner, Viscera; board member, Oakland Indie Alliance

Stacy Mitchell, co-director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance