Today is Small Business Friday for me.
If you manufacture Bob’s Down Home Shoes you might get a Christmas shopping visit from me. No big box stores for me today.
Every year I take a day or two to shop small and local because I know how tough it is for these people — especially this year when we had to navigate a pandemic and business closures in the name of keeping people safe.
I’m more likely to be on The Avenue of Fashion than toiling around Fifth Avenue. I’d rather buy from a cobbler than Cole Haan.
I have my eye out for some soaps and lotions and jewelry for the ladies from Michigan businesses. I treated myself to a couple sports jackets from a Southfield men’s clothing store and a fedora from Henry the Hatter.
I even got into the spirit of small when I needed to replace bathroom tile following the annual Foster flood that always seems to happen around this time of year. I almost signed up for install with Lowe’s, but decided to give the little guy a chance.
I’m glad I did. Adrian and his side kick Tiffany were fast, efficient and did a great job. The only problem is the bathroom looks so nice with the new tile that I feel obligated to hang up a couple pieces of art to dress up the walls.
If that is the worst part of going small I should do it more often.Find Terry Foster Podcast here: