Choosing Between Chain Stores

I may have said this before, but occasionally I do drink Starbucks coffee, meaning I willingly hand my money to corporate America. How can I do this? Well, when I buy Starbucks it is because I do not have other options. And if I am going to choose between the chain coffee sellers, I will choose Starbucks based on company policies and yes, taste.  I do enjoy Starbucks coffee (good, black coffee) but when given an option, I’ll take my local coffee shop any day. What about you? When forced to choose a chain store, how do you decide?

I invite readers to respond to Friday’s post and offer your opinions on Wal-Mart and other chain stores in terms of development and responsibility.  Please read the comments, particuarly Missy’s, which brings up excellent discussion points. Post a comment or send an email to Send it today or tomorrow, please. I’d like to have a few blog posts based on such discussions. No expertise needed, just logical thought of your own!

And for a good Monday thought, here is what I read on the back of my Starbucks cup:

The Way I See it #292

“The way we get to live forever is through memories stored in the hearts and souls of those whose lives we touch. That’s our soul print. It’s our comfort, our emotional nourishment at the end of the day and the end of a life. How wonderful that they are called up at will and savored randomly. It seems to me we should spend our lives in a conscious state of creating these meaningful moments that live on. Memories matter.”

Leeza Gibbons, TV & Radio personality


Quite applicable to parts of historic preservation, don’t you think?  And of course, it reminds me of oral history. (Though, it’s hard for me to not think about oral history).