I hope these stores take an interest in their community enough to take suggestions on what to stock, etc. In that way, they won't become one of those stores with dusty merchandise, or one of those stores with over priced merchandise. :)
Sure hope these guys can make a go of it. Witherbees, especially, which I've been hearing about for years ("We're starting this month!") but haven't seen any movement on. It'll be interesting to see if a snooty wine-cheese-artisan bread store can keep the lights on.
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