Local Flavor

by Melissa Brunner

While waiting at a store the other day, I got to chatting with the person who was helping me and he mentioned that he was from a Lawrence store, filling in in Topeka for a person on medical leave. I mentioned that if he wanted to grab a coffee or latte, there was a great local shop just down the street which served PT's, a local brand. He was quite interested to hear of this home-grown company and pledged to try it out.

It got me thinking about the truly local places I tend to visit. I don't mean eating at a local location of a chain or shopping at the big-box store in my neighborhood, but the real locally-owned business. The coffee shop in my neighborhood is one example - I'd rather spend my money there than at a chain coffee place (although, yes, I will stop there occasionally,too).

True, any money spent locally is better than spending it at the chain store location out of town, but I'm wanting to know your favorite local spots. Clue me in on the restaurants, stores and other businesses we might be hesitant to try, simply because we're unfamiliar with the name.


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