Let’s forget, for a moment, that supporting local business is great for the local economy, healthy for a community, and especially with regard to food, can aid in health-related issues such as allergies. It’s just plain fun. I’ve recently helped host a couple of “cash mobs” here in Seattle and when I take time to reflect on what went well, what could be improved, and how I feel overall, I’m learning that supporting local businesses simply feels good.
I come home now to three indoor plants I bought at Village Green Perennial Nursery, where I’ve gotten to know the entire staff on a first name basis. In fact, we’ve gotten to be friends. We hang out, go to lunch from time to time, invite each other to different events, and share each other with people we find valuable. Today, we met up at Bedrock Industries. For about 5 months I passed over this place every single day to and from work and never realized it was a business that’s open to the public. Today, I had my chance to walk around. I felt like I was on an adult field trip.
Now on to the material things. While, I don’t place much stock in material possessions, when I look at the plants in my window and my recycled glass coasters, I know the story behind eace piece. When we buy local, we don’t live in disposable culture. We appreciate the time, effort, and skill that goes into what we adorn our lives with.