I love to travel, and one of the reasons I love to travel is to see the unique cities, their differences from my own town. I love to see their charm, their local stores; their buildings and architecture. But one alarming thing I’ve noticed through the years is how so many cities are starting to look exactly the same. The same 20-30 big box stores are everywhere I turn. Sometimes I can forget what city I’m in, because minus a few tree types, some mountains or the weather, a lot of cities feel the same because all the small shops, the ones that hold all the charm of the city in my opinion, are getting squeezed out.
As much as I joke about being able to buy practically anything off of Amazon, I still love to frequent locally owned businesses. It’s so nice to be able to find the country stores, the mom and pop hardware stores, the independent eateries. My bakery quest this year alone has led me to some of the most incredible little restaurants where the owners come mingle with their customers, and their customers are fiercely loyal to them. I’d never see that at a chain restaurant.
But from everything I’ve been told, seen and read, keeping those small businesses open is a struggle. They just can’t seem to compete with the big box stores, and slowly customers, who are trying so hard to stretch a paycheck, shop where the prices are cheapest. And that is rarely at the mom and pop shops.
So what’s the happy medium? How do you support local while being frugal? Do you welcome the big box stores because it helps you save when money is tight or do you not want them invading your city? Do you frequent any locally owned stores? What are your favorites? How do we grow cities while maintaining the charm? Can the big box stores and the mom and pops coexist in harmony?
And today, this is what Mavis wants to know from you! Weigh in below!
I’m off to shop local…
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