Shopping locally is so important. I'm continually reminded of the power each of us has when we choose to head downtown to buy a candle at an independently owned store instead of going to Wal-Mart or ordering something online.
With the holiday shopping season upon us, please remember your town's small businesses and really make an effort to shop there. Yes, I understand that Wal-Mart and the like employ local people and offer cheap(er) products. I also understand that's it's really convenient to order online to get EXACTLY what you are looking for. However, every time you give your local businesses a shot at your business, you are providing a larger impact on your LOCAL economy. We have the power to make or break a small business. I say, let's try and make it.