Readers of St. Pete

“The book that has stayed with me the longest is ‘Big Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses’ by Stacey Mitchell. At my business I see the benefits of shopping local every day. A big part of St. Petersburg’s recent renaissance is its locally owned shops & restaurants. Not only do they contribute to the uniqueness of our city, but they also create a sense of place, and keep more of the consumer dollars in our community. The impact of shopping at national chains is seen at so many levels. The economic trend of shopping at national chains is an easy one for individuals to reverse.”


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