When I buy books, which is quite often, I opt for the Independent bookseller. These are the folks who really know who the authors are, what the books are about, and were to find what I’m searching for. I’m not a fan of big box stores or churches. I like the feel of a community. I like it when the sales clerk knows my name and the names of some of my favorite authors.
I’ve worried about our local Independents in these economic times. With big box stores closing shop, I’ve fretted about whether the local folks can stay in business.
Now comes some good news. It appears the Independents are faring better than the chains.
“Even as household budgets shrink, many people are choosing to direct more of their spending to local businesses,” said Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which conducted the study. “This could be a key factor in getting the economy back on track. Study after study has concluded that locally owned businesses deliver more jobs and significantly greater economic benefits to their communities.”
Change is never easy. No question these are economically-hard times. I don’t want to see anybody lose their jobs but if the upshot of all this is we end up restoring our communities and our downtowns, then it might be worth some of this pain.