Think Global, (blog and) Shop Local

Working on the assumption that many of the Metblogs readers have similar values as I, and that one of those is propping up our local economy by being patrons at establishments owned by our family, friends and neighbors, I offer you this (with a hat tip to Real Simple magazine for the buried blurb in which I found it): it’s called Delocator and the text on the home page instructs you to “enter a zip code to locate a non-corporate cafe, book store, or movie theatre near you.”

I love this idea.

Granted, I’d love it more if it included hardware stores (ACE in the Highlands comes to mind) or restaurants or clothing boutiques, or fabulous boutique stores of miscellany or even (*gasp*) hair salons.

That said, it’s a fantastic first step, and coupled with bits like The Green Market at Piedmont Park, it makes my heart swell.

I’m curious though – how many of you would go out of your way to shop/eat/drink local if it meant doing a smidge of research ahead of time? Do you wish it was easier to find this information, or are you content with the Home Depots and Starbucks and Borders of the world? I can’t promise not to judge, but I can promise I’m open to hearing what you have to say. Bring it.

7 Comments so far

  1. tiffany (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 8:54 am

    ace is a national hardware franchise. that’s probably why they’re not included.

  2. Maigh (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 9:02 am

    That, and they’re out of scope – “enter a zip code to locate a non-corporate cafe, book store, or movie theater”.

    To your point, that particular ACE happens to be owned by a the father of an ex’s best friend, so while you’re absolutely right about it being a national hardware franchise, it is locally owned.

  3. bonitis (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

    home depot is locally owned! that being said, i usually shop at the ace hardware on howell mill, which has a similar ownership situation to the va hi one. although i shop there mainly as an alternative to the walmart down the road, not as an alternative to home depot.

    i think its important to support locally owned, independent businesses, but i also believe in supporting large atlanta companies such as home depot and delta (if their fares werent so much more than airtran…)

  4. Tony (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 8:46 am is a good site for locating business places in your area with reviews of the business by people who have shopped there. Not exactly what you are talking about but a good tool for information

  5. Deb (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

    If you want a true locally owner and operated, old fashioned hardward store come down to East Point (south, not east of the city). On Church St in East Point, this is a smaller store but with great and friendly service. I walked in today and there were two people standing in the middle of the store just waiting to help folks.

    2891 Church Street
    East Point, GA 30344

  6. Eric (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 6:59 pm

    Hey. I run a real estate company through and try to make a habit of taking my clients around to “hole-in-the-wall” places like you were describing. I’d love an easy resource to find places like that because I DO have to go out of my way to find them!

    I think it’s a great idea!

  7. Kevin (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    I think many (maybe all) Ace Hardware’s are locally owned. Often times franchises have corporate owned and franchise stores. The father of one of my wife’s friends owns (with partners) an Ace in Decatur.

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