On my trips to the UK & US I find myself reminiscing of my earliest trips abroad. Especially discovering little Mom & Pop shops – cafes, family run petrol/gas stations, hardware stores, bookshops, diners, B&B’s, etc.
Just seems the more I travel the more beige everything becomes.
NY is London is Dublin is LA.
The bland chain hotel, the evergreen chain coffee shop, the lurid chain gas station.
Thing is, when a big chain stumbles then thousands of employees experience the ripples of austerity.
Whereas, an archipelago of Mom & Pop are resilient.
Moreover, our archipelago of Mom & Pops help distribute the profits across a community…. f**k it, these people ARE our community.
You buy into the chain then you line the shareholders pockets.
Love the independents.