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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Small Pleasures

What are your favorite features about where you live? Aside from being very near the ocean, the fact that most businesses in my town are small & locally owned is at the top of my list.

I enjoy interacting with people who live in the community. I prefer patronizing a neighborhood coffee shop,  local hardware store, independent bookshop vs. giving my money to a Starbucks, Home Depot, Barnes & Noble. I know this all has little impact on the success of these ubiquitous chains. But I feel so much better and I'm glad my little town affords me the choice. I've never been a fan of malls. Since moving here, I haven't set foot inside one; this makes me very happy - small pleasures.

Late last year shopping for the holidays, I spoke with many local merchants. Most were very gracious & appreciated when I said I made a point of shopping locally. What kind of reaction do you suppose any of us would get if we communicated with the owner of a big chain? Maybe I'll try Herman Cain, owner of Papa John's Pizza. What was his phone number again? Ah, it just came back to me: (999) 999-9999, right?

2 comments:

  1. When I came home for Easter my Mom and I had breakfast at Gronsky's Milk House. Serving breakfast and ice cream for as long as I can remember, going to Gronsky's instantly makes me feel like a kid again. Although this time I didn't play in the river.

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  2. I love this! The place where I live now makes me feel like a kid too - there are always kids playing outside, climbing trees (!), etc - just like when I was kid.

    Thanks for writing.

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