economically--when community money is kept in the community, everybody benefits. if a dollar keeps changing hands, (maybe first for a cup of coffee, next for the coffee shop to pay a local roaster for their beans, next for the local roaster to pay their employee for roasting 'em, next for that employee to buy another cup of coffee, etc.), everybody it touches is enriched. but once that dollar goes out of town, it's not as easy to get it back.
conveniently--if you'd like to have the option to pop down to your corner store on a whim for anything at all, you're depending on that corner store to be in business to sell to you. if you don't do business with that corner store every day for your staples, it won't be there every day when you'd prefer it to be for your whims.
pragmatically--local stores stocking local goods are immediately sensitive to local needs and wants, and not overstocked with nonsense that's popular in other parts of the country while bereft of what's needed on the spot. (ever notice that walmart always sells out of snow shovels whenever it snows?)
ecologically--it's a lower carbon footprint to sell local stuff in local stores, and not ship and store and etc. all sorts of stuff everywhere across the globe. sure, it's nice to be able to get chilean produce in the dead of winter--this isn't the point--but see the next point below about quality.
qualitatively--if they grow corn on the cob down in littleton at springbrook farm, and it's the BEST corn on the cob on the planet when it's fresh and picked the same day its sold, (which, by the way, it is, and i'd love for you to try to prove otherwise because either it can't be done, or something is better, in which case, i'm all for it), why the heck would we want to be buying dried out and flavor-less and who-knows-how-many-days-old florida corn from market basket?
and, when it comes to music, all the previous rules certainly apply.
carl johnson is headlining over at voices rock club on tuesday night this week, and rumors have it that a top-notch lineup of friends and musical masters are possibly going to be making appearances. (no telling what and who carl will choose to put on stage, but it's always awesome).
1) it's an investment in our community
2) it's an investment in our musical convenience
3) it's an investment in our musical preference (request something!)
4) it's a carbon-neutral quick-trip destination (i walk there)
5) it's the best music around (boston ain't got what we've got here, and i speak from considerable experience)
and, besides all that--gary is the best host by whom you've ever been welcomed for a night out, and it's a ball.
but, don't take my word for it--come on down and see for yourself!