Western Chester County Life Fall/Winter 2020

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Supporting small bu It’s personal

By Rachel M. Cathell

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ere we are in 2020, a time when we can order our groceries online with a click and have them delivered in an hour. The convenience of pressing the “check out” button on a big box store’s online platform seems to make our lives easier. However, this quick transaction has an underlying negative, a loss of identity in our hometowns. If you take a ride through western Chester County, you’ll

pass through the main streets of Coatesville, Parkesburg, Atglen, Honey Brook and many more idyllic small towns; each one toting its own identity. These places are the home to small businesses that create a unique sense of community. Local businesses are the pulse of our neighborhoods and ensure we have a healthy micro economy that recycles continuously through our region. This year, Nov. 28 is Small Business Saturday. Taking the extra time to shop local rather than with a large chain will ultimately have a lasting impact on where you live by

Michele, a shop owner, welcomes visitors to Mimi’s Favorite Things, a new boutique shop in the Midway Arts Building of Coatesville.

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