Do you spend more time and money in big-box retail stores than you like? Have you been concerned by the impact that the international franchises and huge mega-malls are having on your local landscape and economy? Have you witnessed the demise of a local drug store, bookstore, coffee shop or other neighborhood business in the wake of a category-killing replacement?
If you are one of many who has wondered or witnessed what it means to have a neighborhood or hometown transformed by the entry of a Wal-Mart or other mega retailer, you’ll be fascinated by this conversation with Michael Shuman, a local-economies expert and the author of The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition and Going Local. Michael explains how local businesses enrich and support local communities, why they often prove better neighbors and environmental stewards, and the many ways that thriving local businesses preserve the long-term quality of life for local residents and the country as a whole. Fore more information, visit www.smallmart.org or www.localeconomies.org.