Up until September of last year there were only two places to purchase fabric in our little town. Plaza Sewing Center (owned locally) and Walmart. When Jo-Ann Fabrics opened, it became clear that this little shop can't compete. I try to go in once a week and grab something and say hi to the little ladies that work there. Although it seems like its a trend to 'shop local', its a real thing. Supporting small businesses, families, employees- their passions, their dreams and all their hard work- it feels good.
Don't get me wrong, I have to go to those big box stores or order online just like the next person. And its not always realistic for me to pay the higher local prices for bulk orders, but to walk into a local shop where they know my name and actually care how I'm doing is one of the best feelings. They appreciate us as customers, they value our dollars spent and I hope they don't go away anytime soon.