We’re reluctant to even reference the holiday shopping part of this week preferring instead we all just take a break from such things to enjoy the special holiday that is Thanksgiving.

But that’s not how the world works and we know many of you will enjoy a little retail therapy this weekend so we’ll take the opportunity to make a suggestion: think about the business to which you will take your business.

First of all we always like to consider local businesses that are part of the Dane Buy Local group. These are our family- and friend-owned businesses with a commitment to our community.

But also on Friday is the Black Business Expo at the Villager Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where over 60 vendors will be set up to sell their wares. This is another one of the answers to “what can I do to reduce racial disparities in Madison?” Buy local, and spread it around.