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February 22, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Supporting small, local businesses

Sustaining our neighborhoods, sustaining culture

Keeping local businesses alive [“Small way to help small business,” page one, Feb. 17] is something many of us would like to do, but find ourselves unable to.

With large national chains constantly offering deeper discounts to increase customers, it’s tough not to shop at such stores. What keeps me going back to local, small businesses is the thought that if I don’t support them, someday I may not have the option.

Large corporations have overtaken our retail market. If consumers don’t take an interest in local businesses, they will be faced with the evaporation of neighborhoods like Fremont and Ballard. These places are valuable cultural sites in our communities that need to be sustained, as well as encouraged, in order to thrive.

Small business used to be the backbone of American society; diversity was their strength. They are what may help save our economy.

So, while it’s tempting to buy the $3 book at a chain store, spend the extra couple of bucks at a local store. Consider it an investment in the communities we all love and need in our lives.

— Hayley Smith, Brier

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