We all should know the benefits of shopping within our own communities. We should all know that we could make wiser purchase choices, and effect change in our natural resources and global consumption through our actions. When you shop your community, you create jobs, fund city services through sales tax, assist with neighborhood improvement and keep your real estate prices up by encouraging community development. Locally owned and independently operated businesses are the salt of the community promoting diversity and innovation, a concept as ancient as commerce. Services and goods are of a better quality when the person attending to your shopping experience has pride in their offerings, is looking you in the eye and cares if you returned as a client. I for one won’t be at any 5AM Door Buster sales; the cashmere sweater for 29.99 can pill under someone else’s arms. I’ll sleep in, save my dollars for a quality sweater and my dignity.