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Emo economy seems to be weathering storm

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With the Canadian economy facing uncertainty and the world economy in turmoil, it certainly is reassuring to hear the local economy in Emo seems to be in good shape.

The “Worldwatch Institute,” an organization that is concerned with economies around the world, states that “strong local economies are the foundation of strong communities that can grow and withstand the pressures created by an increasingly urbanized world.”

That appears to be the case in Emo and the rest of Rainy River District. Canadian workers in many regions across Canada are losing their jobs but not so here, where the local economy seems to be fairly strong.

As one merchant put it, “As long as people have jobs, they’ll spend money. We’re just glad that, whenever possible, they’re keeping it in our district.”

That was the sentiment echoed by Dan Loney, co-owner of Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo.

“We’ve had an excellent year, our best yet,” he enthused.

“We’ve had a solid year,” agreed Tom Mosbeck at Tompkins Hardware on Front Street. “There are number of construction projects on the go in the district, which has been a positive development.

Emo Drugs, which has seen a steady stream of business this fall, is pleased with its new delivery system to seniors in the area.

Jane Allen reported they recently started delivering prescriptions to seniors in the Golden Age and Queen Street Manors. Not only has it helped business, but it’s provided the seniors with a valuable service.

“We go every Friday, but they also know that they can phone at any time if it’s an emergency,” noted Allen.

Some of the smaller businesses in Emo also reported they’ve been having a good fall, including the home-based “Scrap-a-lot.”

“We were really busy for ‘Holly Daze,’” said owner Brenda Elias. “We even had a few new people drop by.”

Most of the merchants in Emo were pleased with the district’s response to this year’s “Holly Daze” festivities, which ran last Friday and Saturday (Dec. 5-6).

It seemed a little busier, especially on Front Street on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., but was fairly steady until most stores closed later in the afternoon.

The Emo Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the businesses that helped make “Holly Daze” such a success by participating, sponsoring gift certificates, and entering floats in the parade.

They also would like to extend a special thank you to everyone in the district for visiting Emo over the weekend, and for their continued support of the local economy.

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