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You Can Finally Shop Local This Saturday


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Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Shop Local

This Saturday, November 28th, is Shop Local Saturday – or, as we have all have grown to know it, “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving, when we spend quality time with family and friends around the table and then later rush out the door in the wee hours of the morning.

Raise your hand if you’ve been known to get in long lines at the nearest chain retailer to snag those special doorbuster deals or big-ticket items you’ve been holding off on purchasing.

In previous years,  this day has encroached on Thanksgiving Day, forcing us out the door before the turkey even gets cold. Keeping us from the memories we could be making with family and friends. To add to this frenzy is Cyber Monday, which allows for similar deals all by shopping from the comfort of your home. Can we please find a good middle ground?  YES, finally!

This Saturday, November 28th is Shop Local Saturday. While both Black Friday and Cyber Monday are exciting and can be helpful toward acquiring the perfect gift for all your loved ones, do your community a favor and shop local. Shop at your local small businesses, and help support the mom and pop shops. Spend your money where you live, work, and play. 

While you’re out and about, don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at one of your favorite local eateries – preferably one that isn’t a chain restaurant.  Get out and wander into that shop you’ve been meaning to check out. And don’t forget, most of your local small businesses will also have great sales.

There are so many treasures for you to discover this holiday season, and most of them are right in your very own town, in small business owners’ shops. 

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Every year, we look forward to spreading Holiday Cheer and raising money for an amazing local charity!

In partnership with the Carteret County Association of REALTORS®, we are always proud to volunteer our time as a company to ring the bells outside local grocery stores for the Salvation Army. It is always a great time to get to know one another and help out in supporting our local community.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 Morehead City residents lives in poverty
  • 1 in 5 Carteret County residents is over the age of 65
  • Single parent households are increasing
  • Since 1960, this area has been struck by no fewer than 95 hurricanes with varying degrees of destruction.

For the past 26 years, The Salvation Army of Carteret County has served as a resource and an anchor of hope for our neighbors struggling with poverty, hunger, job loss, addiction, and natural disasters.

The Salvation Army of Carteret County ministers to many with the most basic needs — food, utilities, mortgage/rent assistance, clothing and life skills training — as well as spiritual care. Even more residents of Carteret County depend on the Salvation Army when a natural disaster strikes, providing food, clothing, cleaning supplies, a helping hand and counseling.

Thanks to many years of generous donations from our local community, the local Salvation Army of Carteret County was able to open up a brand new Family Store in Morehead City! We’re hoping that this can be a place for people in need to go for a very long time.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

As a part of the Bluewater Annual Tradition, we partook in another year of Operation Christmas Child. With 4 year old, Macon, leading the charge! She put together 22 boxes filled with toys for boys & girls to open on Christmas Day this holiday season. Bluewater as a whole, put together 48 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We thank all those who helped and worked to make this year the best one yet!

If you would like to Build a Shoebox for a child in need, click below to find out how to get started!