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May 01, 2008

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Sarah Hodsdon

Ladies, if it were not for small stores, I would never have decided to teach. I had been a designer in the industry but, teaching was one of those things I had yet to do. It was a small store (My Craft Room there in Troy)and one person, Jill, that encouraged me to be an instructor. It was a sanctuary, a safe place and the folks who took that first class (bless you for actually paying for that one....you know who you are), are my friends. Small stores are not just in this industry, it is all those Mom and Pops dotted along our country that make the world so special. The little hole in the wall that only the locals know about...you know what I am talking about. We all know of a place that is ours, that is the place we take out of towners so they can have a unique experience....we don't take them to a chain store/restaurant. I fully understand times are tight and the economy is ugly, NEWSFLASH....it will probably be this way for some time if the market indicators are correct but, that does not mean our world need to be dim and colorless- it means we need to make a choice and decide what is important to us and support those things. I know that if my little Mom and Pop closes, my neighbor and friend will lose their home, their livlihood and means of survival.

Chris Nicholson

Your posting has awed me. You said exactly what I've been telling people forever. Of course, I'm a small retailer, so it's easy for me to preach this. But for a consumer to express this, it's heartwarming to know that there are people who do appreciate what independent scrapbook & stamping stores have to offer. It's much more than just product. As a retailer, I know customers will shop for bargains at big box stores. All I can do is hope they realize they can get so much more (even for a value) from an independent retailer. Way to go!

sue pieper

This post needs to be read by everyone! I'll be making a post about it soon and point folks in this direction. In the last few years, I've watched too many small shops close their doors, in all industries, and it needs to stop! We all need to watch our $$, but also need to be aware that the customer service we recieve in those special little shops may be a thing of the past sooner than we think, and then what are we supposed to do??

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