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November 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Cyber Monday: Remember Seattle when you shop online

A Seattle Times op-ed by Seattle author Maria Semple (“Where’d You Go, Bernadette?“) caught my eye today.

Cyber Monday is great, she argues, but whatever happened to picking up something nice at your neighborhood store?

Today is Cyber Monday, the day after the Thanksgiving weekend when all good workers hope their bosses don’t catch them buying presents online. I’m asking you to join me in resisting the impulse to do your Christmas shopping in a flurry of clicks. Instead, figure out a way to get to your favorite little shops, ones that would deal you a body blow were you to discover they’ve vanished.

Having just sent my family a Pinterest board of things I want for Christmas, I hear what she’s saying. But I think there’s a happy medium here.

While there are of course plenty of brick-and-mortar Seattle businesses for whom the Internet is competition, there are also plenty of store owners whose websites contribute in a big way to the bottom line, not to mention communities of local artisans for whom the Internet is the only way they can have a business in the first place.

Want to support Seattle business will staying cyber this Cyber Monday? You absolutely can.

Here’s just a sampling of the online Seattle city and neighborhood hot spots you’ve recommended so far on Facebook and Twitter:

Check out the EtsyRAIN group of Seattle-area artists and craft makers. Some of them have brick and mortar shops, but many are online only. – Elaine Helm

I happen to love Third Place Books - Tassoula Kokkoris

Archie McPhees! – Dixon Hamby

Blue Highway Games, great game shop in upper Queen Anne. Their best seller lists help me know what to pick for gifts – Karen Gaudette

Of course, nothing beats browsing real life shelves in the real life world. Times editorial board writer Thanh Tan suggests you start at  the Seattle Good Business Network’s Think Local site, and see where it takes you.

Seen a story that caught your eye re: digital life? Email me at mguzman@seattletimes.com or reach me on Twitter or Facebook.

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