Sunday, February 15, 2009

Where you shop makes a difference

Let me begin by saying that where you shop is your business but where you shop makes a difference. I grew up in a small town where most businesses were locally-owned and my father owned a small business. No doubt, that's significantly influenced my preference in where I shop. A friend of mine, Kirk Blank, recently wrote a fascinating article about the impact on the local economy of shopping at a locally-owned business vs a chain store.

The two research studies that Kirk cited indicated that the impact on the local economy of shopping at a locally-owned independent business was three times higher than spending the same amount at a chain store. I'm no economist but that sounds pretty good to me, especially in light of the economic challenges that our country is currently facing. The specific reasons that the article cited for that impact are logical and believable and you can read the details in Kirk's complete article here.

Stewardship is not always simple. You and I must consider where to invest the resources that God has entrusted to us and consider how that investment impacts those around us. I sometimes joke about our national chain competitors by referring to them as the "dark side" but, in truth, I'm thankful that there are multiple channels of supply for Christ-honoring products because there are some people who might not ever venture into a Christian bookstore. That being said, I'm unapologetic in my preference for shopping with independent, locally-owned businesses. What are your thoughts on this topic?

Just as an aside, my friend, Kirk Blank who wrote the article I referenced in this post is a gifted musician who's also adopted. Several of his friends have long suspected that he's actually the love child of Wayne Newton and Sandi Patty. We don't have any DNA evidence to support this claim but take a look at Kirk's picture to the left and tell me that he doesn't look like his mama, Sandi. If you close your eyes and listen to both Kirk & Sandi sing, you can't tell them apart.

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