I hate getting emails like this. Especially first thing in the morning. It makes me incredibly sad to learn of another wonderful, family-owned, small business having to close its doors. Here is a "paraphrased" snippet from the email I just received this morning. Unfortunately, we're becoming all too familiar with these words:
"Saturday, January 07, 2012
Dear Longtime Customers,
After almost 20 years as one of Chicagoland’s premiere small business retailers, sadly we find that we must bring this leg of our journey to an end ... so it is with a heavy heart that we make this difficult decision, and we appreciate your overwhelming support over the many years."
November 26th, 2011 was "Small Business Saturday." Perhaps we can help support small businesses by having more than one "Small Business Day" per year? Better still, perhaps I need to remember to patronize my favorite small businesses more often! *Sigh* Well, I learned a valuable lesson today.