Someone once asked Winston Churchill to what he attributed his success. “Conservation of resources!” he declared. He meant that he didn’t work more than he was required to work. Well, that’s at least the interpretation for the purpose of this post.
See, we were going to put together a list of places to shop on Black Friday in Cleveland. However, life happens. Suddenly it’s 8:50 p.m. on Thanksgiving and you haven’t begun to put anything together. Then you get a text from an old friend about an article that came out talking about Cash Mobs. You read it. You decide to conserve your resources.
My friends, if you’re in Cleveland this weekend and you’re looking to shop local and get gifts and KEEP IT HERE in North-East Ohio, I don’t think that you could do better than the Plain Dealer’s editorial from today. Read it. Calendar these events and map them out. Get a few friends together. Carpool. MINI MOB. Meet the people who made the gifts you’re giving in December, so when you’re talking to the recipients you can say, “Oh yeah, I had mimosas at Salty Not Sweet on Black Friday, and they had a PA system set up and we heckled people walking by,” (TRUE STORY) or, “Kathy Smash made these earrings, and we talked for like fifty minutes over fresh cookies,” (TRUE STORY) or, “I made this soap with Terra Verde Soap at a soap-making workshop she did,” (TRUE STORY). Hang out with the folks at Dredgers Union or Big Fun, Room Service or…well, jeez. There are a thousand places.
You know what? Instead of trying to compile a list, I ask for your help. Leave at least one place in the comments where you’d like to shop locally. The place that gets the most mentions…well, maybe we’ll do a profile on them or something.
And if anyone out there in other places wants to submit a list, let me know and I’ll post it for you! Lauren Way, Lisa Gilmore, Brian Maul, Big Jim, etc., I’m looking at you.