I love local businesses. I love the specialized products and whimsical treasures, the homemade goodies, the
businesswoman who lives next door, trying to make it happen in difficult economic times. I am insistent on buying
locally whenever possible. I hate chains and would love it if those were the stores going out of business.
I understand that sometimes I will pay more locally, because the business owner has ridiculous rent, but I am willing
to make that sacrifice. I am the type of person that will tip, hugely, if I am treated well.
However, I need to feel that support and love back. I have had terrible customer service lately at some local joints. I
have been treated outright rudely, like I am putting the sales- people out by walking in their door.
You would think that in this economy, business owners would put in extra effort to make their customers want to come
back. Should I name names? No, I don't think I will. I would like to think that maybe it was just several bad days;
maybe the fifth time I come in will be the time that I am treated right. Or will I even give them a fifth chance?
So, to that shop that I love to get breakfast at: Yes it might take a minute for me to decide what to get. Be patient,don't roll your eyes and sigh. To that store that I have been in twice and never greeted: There is another store just a
block north that really appreciates my business.
To the shop that didn't even want to try to help me: Office Depot was happy to help me and charged me less. To the
bartender who refused to serve me because I just came from a sports practice and didn't seem to have the right attire:
I was happy to go two doors down and be treated with respect,
regardless of my appearance.