Shopping with the Homies

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.

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I am a 58 year old retired sports journalist, husband and father of two living outside of Detroit in search of his next big adventure in life.

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