Shop LOCAL this Holiday Season!

Haul out the “Holley”; “Put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now, for we need a little Christmas!”  The best way to get your Christmas going is purchasing your “The Nutcracker 2013” Tickets TODAY!  The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre (GBT) is celebrating its 31st season of performing the Nutcracker for area audiences.  GBT was Gwinnett County’s first non-profit arts organization, founded by Lynne Snipes, in 1977.   For more information about GBT contact Marketing Director “Holley Calmes.”

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Since we are discussing the dancing aspects no one says “Feliz Navidad” like Sean Christopher and his dance group Dancing4Fun!  Dancing4Fun is a local dance company in the Atlanta area dedicated to teaching the joy of dance in the Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta area, through Salsa, Bachata, Merengue lessons and classes during the week as well as weekend workshops.  In addition, Dancing4Fun also offers classes in East Coast & West Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Rumba, Hustle, Waltz, Fox Trot and Tango.  They are wishing you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of their heart, while the bottoms of their feet are moving in rhythm across the dance floor. (Visit 
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Everywhere you go, “Toys in every store” but which stores should you really be shopping in this year?  If you know anything at all about New Lawrenceville it is that we heavily promote LOCAL LOCAL LOCAL not only in the immediate Lawrenceville Community but in your own community as well. 



American Made products are the best way to go as they will continue to help employ US Citizens and strengthen the US Economy as well.   It takes only a few minutes to look at the package and find the MADE IN AMERICA Label or stamp.  Though Santa may see you when you’re sleeping and he knows if you’ve been bad or good, he also sees you when you buy GEORGIA MADE PRODUCTS as well and that puts you at the top of Santa’s NICE list.  An easy way to find out about those Georgia and American made products is to reach out to Jason Moss of Manufactured in Georgia.  Jason is helping Georgia-based manufacturing companies clearly identify their products as being Manufactured In Georgia that allows the end consumer to make an informed choice on their purchases. He states our educational-minded ad campaigns and promotional events will build consumer awareness and branding that will produce an increase in sales for Georgia manufacturers. Increased sales will lead to higher production demand and will allow manufacturers to create more jobs within their companies, Growing jobs in Georgia! (Visit and to LIKE)

After coming home from work or shopping during the holidays there is nothing more relaxing than listening to Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, while watching the flames burn with dimly lit lights and a glass of eggnog, well that isn’t quite true.  Regina Elvis of Miracles of Massage can relax you like no one else with her various massages and wellness center.  Miracles of Massage always offer extraordinary customer care and affordable rates to all of our friends in Lawrenceville and the communities of Atlanta, GA. We believe that our relaxed, comfortable and stress free atmosphere is a place where you can enjoy our services time after time.  In addition, they have expanded their services to offer Ionic Foot Detox, Inversion Therapy and Chi Machine modalities.  Get a gift certificate for those loved ones as it makes a wonderful stocking stuffer! (Visit and to LIKE)  

Bethlehem who?? The City of Grayson is growing and taking Gwinnett County by storm!  Be sure to attend the City of Grayson Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 8th from 2pm – 6:30pm.   (Visit

“Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, Silver white winters that melt into springs, These are a few of my favorite things...”  Those white dresses don’t stay white from holiday party to holiday party if you have a dirty car.  And yes, the car is usually always a mess.  Swing by and get it cleaned by Brian Hah with Lighthouse Express Car Wash.  His attention to detail and perfectionist attitude about detailing your vehicle will keep your kids and family looking their best.  A quick and convenient Lighthouse Express Car Wash will do the trick! (Visit and to LIKE)

Santa baby, I’m not asking for you to fill my stocking with a duplex, and checks Sign your ‘X’ on the line, slip a sable under the tree, for me, an out-of-space convertible too, light blue, don’t come and trim my Christmas tree with some decorations bought at Tiffany's all I want for Christmas are local gifts and local gift certificates from our Local Businesses!  Merry Christmas to all and to all great LOCAL gifts!!!

New-Lvlle-roundThis article is sponsored by New Lawrenceville. New Lawrenceville is a FREE networking organization of businesses and volunteers that are working to bring community together.

Author Rodney Camren helps to lead New Lawrenceville in an effort to promote buying locally, educate the community on issues that affect our community. Rodney Camren is a Real Estate Agent with Keller Wiliams.