I went for a great run this morning with a good friend. This good friend is one of those women who just makes all the air around her calm, exudes friendliness, and has you thinking in a split second that maybe just maybe she could loan you some of her voodoo aura and make you a better person.
She was in town to plant trees in the park. To re-green our town. Because that is what she is doing. Saving the world with her degree.
After our run, we walked down to the main street in town and had breakfast at an outside kiosk. It's a fairly new business that has cropped up in our flagging downtown and the meal was good. As we were eating I mentioned a website I had run across and how I thought my friend would be interested in its message.
As I've mentioned before my husband works for his father in their family owned and operated grocery store in our tiny town of 400. Recently a Dollar General opened up right across the street. Dollar General is a national chain. I can't say they are a big box store but they are pretty darn close. To say that we aren't feeling the effects of their presence would be a lie. The closest Wal-Mart is a good 15 miles away and while a lot of our town goes there to shop, a lot also shop at our store. It's been in business since the 40's (I think, family please feel free to pipe in on that and correct me) and has a great selection and an on site butcher. But just because Dollar General advertises $4 laundry detergent and $2 chips and so on and so on I'm seeing more and more cars in their parking lot. This hurts my heart people. Especially you locals. You won't find me in there. You won't find me in a Wal-Mart either unless absolutely necessary. If I can't get what I need at our store, I'll find another brick and mortar store to buy from. To keep our money local, to keep our family stores going, to shop outside the box.
Now in all honesty I make an exception where Target is concerned because oh mi gah! TARGET!
So please, check out the site and maybe participate in a little 3/50 Project of your own.