Be Proud. Buy Local. I know the low prices at big corporate stores are appealing in tough times, but please think about the positives of buying local. Think of your job. Think of the future. I don't have all the answers, but I believe this will help.
HOMETOWN ADVANTAGE "In an effort to rejuvenate struggling local economies & empower small business to compete with big business, political figures & organizations have begun to popularize 'buy local' movements. The goal of 'buy local' campaigns is to build a healthy feedback loop wherein the community buys from local merchants who then reinvest in the community via job creation, supply procurement, etc. "
Personal Life. Being from a town that thrives off of tourism, I see small business everyday that suffer when the height of tourist season ends. If local consumers support local businesses year round, then the town as a whole will prosper.