The Buck Stays Here. This motto is the driving force for the Chesapeake Bank Shop Local initiative and what better way to keep your bucks in the community than supporting local businesses and organizations right outside your front door.
From now through our spring Shop Local event, Chesapeake Bank wants to highlight some of the participating merchants throughout the region who are offering shoppers a little extra to come out and support their community businesses.
If you’ve recently walked through Merchant’s Square in Colonial Williamsburg, you may have seen our first merchant’s window display of Easter outfits and warm weather styles, just in time for spring. The Carousel Children’s Boutique is home to dozens of children’s product lines, for infants to preteens. Whether you’re looking for a casual weekend outfit or something special for a family photo, baby shower or religious ceremony, store owner Martha “Marty” Wilson has what you’re looking for.
Celebrating its 22nd year in business, The Carousel, started by Marty and her mother Margaret, is elated to be joining the other local merchants participating in Shop Local this month. To learn more about Marty, her business and Shop Local, continue reading her profile below.
Business Name: The Carousel Children’s Boutique
Owner: Martha “Marty” Wilson
Shop Local Day Deal: Come by on April 27 for great in-store deals
Store information: Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Carousel is located at 420 Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square.
What does “shop local” mean to you?
“I prefer to shop at locally-owned businesses. I know by doing so I am supporting my friends and neighbors; people I go to church with, people I sit on community boards with and people I volunteer with,” says Marty Wilson. “I know my money stays here and benefits the community.”
As a business owner, what does “shop local” mean to you?
“Shopping local is pure enjoyment. Most of the time, the owners themselves are the ones that wait on you. With my business, my local customers become my friends and I genuinely care about all of them. Not only do I know them, I know their children. I know their grandchildren. I make certain their shopping experience is pleasurable and they get the best service possible.”