My cousing Hilda once opened my eyes to the value of supporting local businesses. In our current mall culture, most of the small scale entrepreneurs have all but disappeared. We have given up handmade cloth for ready to wear, local naturally-grown produce for GMO veggies from the supermarket, and cultural beads and bracelets for shiny trinkets from china.
This Christmas when we think of buying gifts for family and friends wouldn’t it be better if we could get locally made pandora bracelets from backyard manufacturers, which some of the time are our neighbors too? All this buying in malls has made us predatory, and less appreciative of quality in favor of cost.