‘Shop Carteret First’…before Thanksgiving!



Pssst.  You don’t have to wait until Black Friday or Small Business Saturday (after Thanksgiving) to start your Christmas season shopping.  The weather should be perfect this weekend to
“Shop Carteret First.”




“Shop Carteret First” is our battle cry.  Do your business with local stores…and keep that money recirculating in our communities in order to create and maintain local jobs.

This holiday season marks the 12-year-anniversary of the Chamber’s “Shop Carteret First” initiative, which is designed to build awareness and help educate consumers about the importance of shopping locally…all year-round.

Susan McNamara of the Chamber has created a SCF logo that’s a little bit whimsical and portrays that shopping should be fun.

It’s really all about having the right attitude to give our local merchants the first opportunity to earn your business…before you look or travel elsewhere.

The diversity of Carteret County’s retail establishments is actually quite impressive.  Shopping districts extend from Harkers Island and other places Down East to the beach towns and the western part of the county.  In the middle are Beaufort, Morehead City and Newport.  Each community has its own unique personality.

Combined, Carteret County stores offer selection, value, affordability, availability and service that compares favorably to what you expect to find in larger markets.

Studies of consumer behavior show that people prefer to do business with people they know and trust.

“Shop Carteret First” extends beyond the retail world.  Our slogan can apply to any purchasing decision you face.  Give our small businesses…and our larger businesses…in all specialty areas a chance to bid on your job, give you an estimate or make you an offer…before you decide to buy or commit.

“Shop Carteret First” early and often.  It’s perfectly OK to start today.