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.

For The rest of the story click here

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’!


  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.


Leaving a comment rewards the author of this post- add to the discussion here-

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s