Beyond the impact on the local economy, there are other reasons to avoid big-box retailers. Those florescent-lighted traps seem to hire overly chipper sales-bots who adeptly disappear when needed.
We're glad that keeping it local gets a breath of fresh air with the Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale. The shops, restaurants, and art spaces on Roosevelt Row, located at Roosevelt and Fifth streets, step outside and bring their wares into the open. You can expect sweet handmade goods and local works from MADE art boutique and Conspire as well as oven-baked delights from Tammie Coe Cakes. Plus, The Hoarders Anonymous rummage sale is open to anyone wanting to downsize his or her clutter.