Changes have always been hard for me. I am a creature of habit and routine. So I was very sad to hear that one of my favorite stores is closing.
Lifeway Christian Book Stores are closing all brick and mortar stores. It was not clear from the article I read if they will have an online store. I admit I Love and utilize Amazon quite a bit but these big online retailers are proving to be the death to some of the smaller retail stores. I purchased so many cards and small gifts from Lifeway in the years past. It is just up the road from my house and very convenient.
I was in a book club back in the early 80s and we read a book called Future Shock. That book predicted that in the future people would work from home and buy all their goods from home via the computer. At that time, I did not even have a clue what the internet would be! We had moved to Louisville Ky and for the first time in our lives we had cable tv and we were just amazed by that!! So I guess the future is here and the predictions of that weird book have come to pass.
I do my best to buy locally when I can...we have several lovely gift shops here in Decatur. And where would I be without The Cross Stitch Peddler? So many of my stitchy friends are jealous that I have a local needlework shop in my little town plus another one in Huntsville. While online shopping is convenient, it is nice to be able to browse in a store, pick up an item and look at it. I get some of my best creative ideas from vignettes in stores.
I will miss you Life Way and I am hoping more of my favorite stores do not close their doors.