Saturday, April 21, 2012

Let's Support the Small Businesses in Our Neighborhoods

It is no secret that I am a fan of Starbucks. The original Starbucks is practically in my own backyard, so to speak. So I do spend my money there.

This picture is of a coffee house in Seattle, in the Capital Hill Area, which is a really great neighborhood. It's an independent small business. I have never been in there, but my daughter goes there a lot and she really likes it. The next time I'm on Capital Hill, I'm going to go there too.

I had a wake up call the other day that made me realize we have to spend our money on the small businesses in our neighborhoods if we want them to survive.

A beloved bookstore in my area had a 25% off sale the other day. While this may not sound like big news, it was because they have never done this before. And it scared me because I saw it as an indication that they might be in trouble. I hope not.

I know times are still hard, and every dollar we save is sometimes absolutely needed to just survive. But if you can, spend your dollars in your neighborhood and support those wonderful small places that are run by people and not just corporations.

I promise you'll feel good about it.

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