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Shop Local. Get Coffee Out of Town

In our local Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down column, a contributor (or perhaps more than one) has rightly pointed out that we must shop locally in order to support remaining businesses and maintain our much-dwindled tax base.  When we moved here, I knew that shopping would be a challenge.  When Dollar General is the biggest game in town, with the loss of the small Walmart, I was sure I would be going out of town for a lot of what I thought I needed.  Six months into my new home, I have changed my tune.  There really is a lot here.  My recent shopping experience in Jonesboro proves my point.

I had never been to Jonesboro before this past Friday and I came away with a good impression.  It has a mall - with a Barnes & Noble!!! -  a couple of Starbucks, a coffee place called Shadrach's, several boutiques and specialty stores, and a downtown that has a good look to it and tasty pub grub at Godsey's.  I came away from my Jonesboro adventure with a couple of lessons.  Number one was "Y…

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