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Do you purchase items from local small businesses?
Posted 4/15/14 , edited 4/15/14
Even the big companies have small stores and if you don't support them, they can close down...sometimes.
Yes, I guess I do purchase from local small businesses but I haven't noticed much of a difference in how they conduct their business from big business in my area.
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Posted 4/15/14
I love this little confections store around the block from where I live. Their pastries are delicious. Right next to them is a little coffee shop that has pretty good hot chocolate (I don't drink coffee, so can't vouch for that).

There's a local art supplies store 'round here that's pretty neat. I don't go there often, because I'm not a very artsy type, but it'd be my first choice if I ever needed to pick up supplies for a small project.

Groceries I usually get from Eddie's, which is a small local chain of grocery stores. It's the only place within walking distance that I can get food. They're awesome, though. In the growing season, they stock their entire fruit and veggies section with produce from local city farms.

I do shop at a lot of smaller, local stores, but that's mostly because they are the most convenient to me. There's not a lot of big chains 'round here, honestly. Besides Subway and Starbucks. I swear, there is a Subway and/or Starbucks on every goddamn corner. But there's a nice Subway alternative that's a block closer to me, anyways.
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Posted 4/15/14
I won't buy from anyone on principal alone; business is business.

If Grandpa Joe is selling a completely wicked product, he'll get my business. If MegaCorp9000 does it better, they'll get the business instead; if not, they won't.

When people say their community should "support" a business, it could be said that business has already failed. Successful entrepreneurship is essentially creating a support system for their community, a service the community needs/wants, commonly in the form of a service or product no one else offers, a price point superior to competitors, or a unique customer service experience. In this regard, going to Grandpa Joe, despite MegaCorp9000 having the same product at a lower price would be fundamentally similar to a small town hosting a community MMA brawl, just to keep the two local medical practitioner's doors open; "We only need one, but what the hell, SHOW ME THAT GERMAN SUPLEX, EDNA!"

All this being said, do I like seeing a stucco labyrinth of 30k sq.ft. symmetrical monstrosities ramming their consumerist ideology so far up my ass that even the most hardcore BL fans are crying "OH THAT JUST AIN'T RIGHT!"?

No, I do not.

So let's pick up the slack, Grandpa Joe...before things get awkward.
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Posted 4/15/14
Oh Yes!

I live in Kentucky, in a really small Town. Aside from chain restaurants; i.e. - McDonalds, Wendy's, Sonic, Dominoes, Papa Johns, Little Caesars...I believe that's all...Aside from those, there are many different Town owned as well. The only other LARGE chain that I can think of in this Town, is the Wal-Mart, and that itself, was Petitioned against. Our Grocery store is Owned and Founded by a Family native to the Town, and the Customer's groceries are bagged - "Paper or Plastic?" by the Employee and brought out to their Vehicle and put away for them.
There is ONE chain Pharmacy, though there are two other couple, run completely Mom and Pop. Heck in the One in which I get MY prescriptions filled, they've even still got an intact Soda Jerk and Ice Cream service along with several other Specialty items for purchase. All of the Gas Stations are Privately owned and kept, they still come out and PUMP the Gas for You if You like, along with Body Shops and the like...They are all run by Hometown Auto-Body workers and Mechanics with their own Facilities. All Banks in Town are chains, but only local to Kentucky.

The Downtown District I've heard, used to be quite lively back in the 60's and 70's, but it is One area that needs help. Back when I was Younger, I can remember there was a Roller Skating rink Downtown that was absolutely eccentric, and completely amazing. And there used to be a Bowling Alley not too awful far away from the Skating rink. Now the rinks gone, and the Bowling Alley is a Gun store. Well, at least it's owned as well, by a local who I grew up with and know quite well, so that's alright I guess. All that's left now is the YMCA and a lot of freaking Antique stores. Now don't get Me wrong, they're REALLY NICE Antique stores to be certain! But four within simply a couple several hundred feet? C'mooooon.

Other than that, with the natural beauty of My Town, It's Personality, the Citizens when they ask You "How You're doing?" aren't going by formality, but have genuine interest and Your Neighbors aren't just People You simply live next to. Though I Personally, don't live fairly close to but a few to have "Neighbors-Neighbors" as I'm out on a Farm; one of the largest in the Area actually...it has quite a History. The thoroughbred Triple Crown Winner "Secretariat" is buried like a hundred feet to the left of My House. But Your Neighbors here, they're Your Friends in earnest. Other than Prescription Drug abuse which is an absolute Nightmare in this entire surrounding area of Central Kentucky, I couldn't be happier of My little Hometown - from It's Businesses, to Its People, to Its History.
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Posted 4/15/14
Rarely. So rarely I can't even remember the last time I did. I buy a lot of electronics, and tend to gravitate to Best Buy since they price match Amazon and have a badass warranty.

I think even my figure and anime merch is from larger businesses, but that's mostly because I just don't know of other (reputable) places.
Posted 4/15/14
Yes, I prefer small shops.
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Posted 4/15/14 , edited 4/15/14
Not really. I used to go to a local bookstore but they got bought out and half the store turned into Bibles. Nowadays I think it's more coffee shop than bookstore. I've tried some of the local hardware and computer shops but I don't think I've ever found what I was looking for.
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