Handshakes all around!
High fives for everyone involved in the promotion of the "buy local" concept, as well as local businesses all over the nation! Below is a nice image via The Nation that culls information from several recent surveys and studies to show some upward trends of local economies. We've become so used to hearing about how yet another long-time local favorite has shut it's doors due to tough economic times and big boxes pulling the rug out from under the little guys with dirt cheap prices (and not much else to speak of), it's about time to see that local bookstores, specialty food stores, indie pharmacies, and local bank deposits are all on the rise!
So if I may speak for everyone who works to keep a local business up and running and supporting the community in the myriad of ways that they do, THANK YOU!