In my years in Italy, I would love the market days. The fresh fruits and vegetables, handmade pasta and bread, regional art, peoples energy. When the family visited it was the pursuit of the local porchetta truck that created hilarity, wine, olive oil and cashmere were all amongst the regions products. Shopping local was just a way of life. More travel and busy city work stopped me appreciating the peace of mind that comes from slowly shopping and shopping locally.
Due to globalization, smaller businesses are struggling to keep afloat. It's hard for a mom-and-pop shop to compete with the prices of international conglomerates. The lure of big box and chain store can negatively impact local and smaller economies. That's why I'm an advocate of shopping small and shopping locally.
Several studies show that buying from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned business, is better for your community. There's s greater chance that the money you just spent will be used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
Greytown Village is a wonderful place to appreciate just that. The region as a whole reminds me of those Italian days. A small village atmosphere, with a huge range of talent, clothing designers, cafes, olive oil, wine, restaurants and a calm place to really take your time. Locals owning their own businesses, their own talents, and looking forward to sharing.