Saturday, December 29, 2007
Today was all about the fiber arts and pumping up the economy by supporting the independent store owner.
At home there is a bit of a "local" revival, from local farmer's markets to restaurants to shops. There is something undeniably wonderful about going to the usual haunts where the shop owners know your name. Whether it's once a week or once a year, every time you walk in, catching up on family and life is just as important as buying lunch or a basket full of therapy. Having this personal connection -- even on a professional basis -- is a win-win situation. As a consumer I want to visit these shops, I want to support the owners. I want to see them succeed.
I need my therapy.
So, no big box stores for me today. We drove past strip mall after strip mall after strip mall and found the little out-of-the-way places where we walked in and were greeted with, "My MICHIGAN Friends!"
It's good to be home, especially when you're on vacation.