I like that combination between creativity and the creative process and the organization needed to make a business like this successful. - Bernard Arnault.
My small town has tons of small businesses which continue to keep us thriving... we have our McDonalds and BPs of the world too. But when you want something to happen, when we need something for the town or schools, it's the small businesses coming together, raising the money, organizing the efforts and labor which make it happen here.
I'm anti-big box retailers for many reasons, some big picture and some long term and some personal (my family owns a small business). So I'm using this Small Town Snapshot Sunday to take be a little political and remind everyone to think about how their purchases affects the world around them. How a dollar spent here might be used again and again in the community whereas a dollar spent there might never be spent in the US again, much less in our state, much less in our town.