On an excursion to Danvers, IL to do a feature on automotive icon and Fuelfed member Bo Danenberger, we spent some time wandering around the two stop sign town. Everything, less the gas station and the Vault tavern was gone, leaving behind a haunting trail of economic destruction fueled by what we call the “Walmarting of America.” The above photo is what was once the local department store a mere ten years.
We’re not ones to rant about causes outside automotive culture. But we strongly believe in supporting locally owned small businesses. “Locally owned,” the purist form of community and is what this, or any great country, was once built-on.
For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $70 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $35 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes back. Think REAL HARD before you click that “buy it” button.
Do your part and save your real community.
We caught some flack that the world has evolved and selling online is the way selling needs to be. Granted it’s easier and most times, faster. But dreadfully devoid of soul.
But the point is community. The act of face to face interpersonal communication. This is how real relationships are built. Actually going into an owner-operated store and asking questions and getting realtime answers makes for a more memorable human experience. In fact, you might just learn something useful your electronic pacipher can’t find online.
Going to Fat Johnnies on south Western Ave. or Target for a hotdog? Which experience is going to support a local resident, be a more memorable experience, and actually taste better? It also keeps neighborhoods just that..neighborhoods.
Next time you need help moving that transmission to the other side of the garage, ask your Facebook friends or the kid at Target. Betcha Fat Johny would would be there and he’d bring a six pack.………………………….