Of course we at Accent on Books are in favor of buying local -- we're a locally owned business. So it's always gratifying when someone else without such a direct interest in the issue endorses the concept. A recent example is WYFF, a local television station, which ran an editorial urging consumers to consider supporting local businesses during the holiday shopping season. Among their points:
-- Owners of local stores are invested in their own communities, contribute to the local economy, and support local charities.
-- Local businesses help give a community the distinctiveness that we all say we value.
-- There is a unique variety of locally-flavored items available at these stores which can't be found in chain stores or on the internet.
Of course, we hope that you will support and shop at Accent on Books and other local businesses mainly because of our selection and service, and the shopping experience we provide. But it doesn't hurt to point out on occasion the many other advantages to be gained by patronizing the businesses owned and run by your friends and neighbors.