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December 20, 2008

Local stores are KC treasures

I appreciate Katy Sheehan Morris’ comments (12/7, Letters) regarding shopping locally this holiday season. I wholeheartedly agree.

I have experienced firsthand the importance of supporting local businesses from working in my mother’s kitchen and home accessory store, Pryde’s Old Westport. The warmth and character of these local stores, accompanied by a unique product selection and unparalleled service, brings a certain flair and individuality to our city.

Small business is a dying breed in the world of homogenized retail. Instead of shopping at a place that may seem more convenient, let’s step out of ourselves this season to support and reinforce our appreciation for their existence.

Especially in these tough economic times, let’s take the opportunity to explore the city and all its hidden locally owned treasures.

Elizabeth A. Meyers
Kansas City



Elizabeth, no worries. Higher taxes on business owners will surely help them stay aloft. Soon, they will be have the local retail union to contend with and be mandated to pay their clerks 20 something an hour wiht a hefty retiremnt package, regardless of profitability. We then bail them out just like Fannie and Freedie. Hell, maybe Obama will appoint Barney Frank to have oversight on this endeavor since he did such a great job on his last assignment.

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