Just one more thing...

Here’s the thing: it took me over a week to write that last blog because I couldn’t quite nail what it was I wanted to say.  You see, I never want to come across as complaining.  I feel like part of my job as a member of a community is to educate and to Oprah-it up a bit in helping everyone be their best selves; live their best life. 

What I wanted to say is this: don’t shop at small businesses for all the reasons you’ve heard.  Paying for someone’s kids go to college or helping to create a sustainable economy in your town, etc. etc. etc.  THOSE ARE WONDERFUL REASONS!  But go ahead and be selfish.  Do it for the same reason you get your nails done or eat at nice establishments.  To “stop and smell the roses”, so to speak.  (Our store smells wonderful, btw!)

Shop at beautiful and FUN locally & minority owned small businesses in your community in order to improve YOUR quality of life!

Don’t allow your life to be so hurried that you don’t have time to be kind to your neighbors or cook for your kids or shop in an honest-to-God store. You are in control of your life and when you realize that and s-l-o-w d-o-w-n, you’ll begin to see beauty in otherwise ordinary things.

So go on ahead and add shopping small to your commitment to a better life. You’ll be glad you did.

Cara Evans