Buying and shopping local is an effort that is near and dear to my heart. My parents own a small business – a gourmet coffeehouse and cafe – in a small local community in Upstate New York. Spressos launched in May 2005 and has organically grown into a very profitable business. I have seen the ups and downs as they've grown the business and it's inspired me to patron local shops. Surprisingly, these local businesses do their craft way better than their large-scale competitors. Lesson learned? More money doesn't always mean better service or product. I recently visited a local farmer's market here in Stamford, CT and was so pleased with the honest smiles from business owners and delicious and fresh food. Believe me, it makes all the difference.
What are your thoughts on buying local? Have you had a great experience? Leave your comments below. I'd love to hear from you.