In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy From the Huffington Post

forwarded by Stephanie Swanson

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — It began quietly, as an email to 40 friends.

But when a steady stream of customers began coming through the door before the family-owned Chagrin Hardware had even opened for the day on Saturday, it was clear that it had turned into much more than that.

The idea started with Jim Black, a resident of Chagrin Falls, a close-knit village in Cleveland’s eastern suburbs that is part artist colony and part bedroom community. Black posted the email to a group of his friends. "Let’s show our support for one of our local businesses," he wrote. "I challenge everyone to spend AT LEAST $20 at the hardware on the 21st."

Although his email referred to the idea of a "Cash Mob" or the notion to "Occupy CF Hardware," he really had no political agenda. And it wasn’t meant as a protest against the big-box stores that have created an ever-tightening circle around the community.

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3 thoughts on “In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy From the Huffington Post

  1. What an inspiring story! L E Smith Hardware is another gem — after my husband died they assisted me over and over on my steep learning curve as a single homeowner and as I readied our home for [successful] sale. Totally personable and professional staff with reasonable prices! Building Center is the same. There are better reasons to go ‘over the bridge’!

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  2. fyi for all of you who are missing Erika Hansen and her family as I am- this is where Erika is living now! She sent this article about her newly adopted hometown to a few of us a while back as she loved the spirit of the community. We can see why and that it kinda reminded her of home.

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