Today as I walked through town, in many storefronts I saw signs reminding people to shop locally for the holidays. It got me to thinking about all the local products of the Berkshires that I have always loved so much. Whether it’s food like bread, cheese or chocolate, whether it’s handmade soaps or creams, art or even Beer. There are so many talented artisans I am surrounded by, and it’s pretty awesome. What’s also really nice about shopping locally is the sense of Community it imparts. I have talked about this before in regards to one of my farmers markets. Being able to put a face with merchandise is pretty cool. It’s crazy that we have to remind people to do so when not too long ago, Local was where people always shopped. That’s why stores exist. So when you’re looking for that special something this season see if you can find it in a shop in your town. Not that local makes it better, but you may surprise yourself with what you find and fall in love with.