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WXVU MAINLINE NEWS MINUTE FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27

Written by on November 28, 2023

By: Gabriella Raful

What’s on your holiday shopping list? This year, people may also be asking, “And where was it made?” In a new poll, 81-percent of Americans surveyed said they’d prefer to buy American-made gifts if given the option. This preference is driven by the belief that buying products “Made in America” will help the economy, create jobs and support small businesses. Bryan Spiegel, owner of Azzy’s Design Works in Finleyville, says it’s important to support local businesses before looking elsewhere. His company recently designed a badge of honor for a local Girl Scout troop, which he says helped to market the business.

:11  “Being active in your community, active in offering groups that kind of stuff, gets the word out best – because word of mouth has been the greatest tool I’ve had in marketing these past 10 years.”

Spiegel offers customized Jeep accessories, from gauge-face replacements and spare parts, to keychains and t-shirts. Azzy’s Design is one of the businesses in a new “Made in America Holiday Gift Guide,” compiled by the Alliance for American Manufacturing and featuring products from every state.