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?
'Tis the Season: Tell Us Where to Shop Locally for the Holidays
We want to hear your suggestions for the best local independent stores for holiday shopping. (iStock)
Ari Takata-Vasquez, founder and owner, Viscera; board member, Oakland Indie Alliance
Stacy Mitchell, co-director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance