A word from Chris Edge:
I grew up in a family that succeeded and failed at operating local businesses. The construction company and historic independent book store are still around, but there were a few failures along the way. My favorite attempt was when my grandfather, who was in his 70s decided it was a good idea to move to Cape Cod and open an ice cream shop that also sold pierogies (google these!). When that didn’t work out he moved back to Western Massachusetts and bought a small grocery market. It gradually added space for guests to get sandwiches and hot meals. I spent my sophomore year of high school riding the bus three times a week to help out washing dishes, delivering groceries, and whatever else he needed me to do. He worked 15 hour days, he knew all his customers, he made sure those without means that needed a meal could get one and he taught me and everyone else around him what it meant to work hard.
A local business is more than just a neighbor with an idea and a few bucks to try something different…it’s a person with a tremendous amount of passion. Often someone who would be baking or making their product even if it wasn’t for sale to the rest of us. Yes, the ingredients are locally sourced and the artisans that create, live here too but they also give here. These humble shop keepers are giving back in so many other ways you’re unaware of. Your purchase makes a difference.
North Carolina Specialty Foods – from our jars and tins to your table – dish up North Carolina’s specialty food.