"I like to shop where the clerk says, 'Hi Bob,'" says Reliable Bob of Red Oak Renovations. (Disclaimer: he's my husband.) Bob shop almost daily for supplies when remodeling customers' kitchen and bathrooms.
Bob doesn't get "Hi Bobbed" at the big box stores.
When he shops at Moore's Lumber -- where the sign at right is posted, clerks say, "Hi Bob!" Moore's is convenient -- 2 miles away -- and has good service. The inventory is less than the box stores, but a smaller store is less overwhelming.
I'm in charge of the town's annual spring roadside trash pickup in April and needed to track down plastic bags for the effort.
Following the mantra of "We vote every time we buy something," I started my online search with "plastic bags + Massachusetts."
The first place I called in couldn't help, but he connected me to Kurt at Eastern Packaging in Lawrence.
Kurt donated two rolls of bags for the cleanup. I wonder if he would've done the same thing if I was in Oklahoma, not just down the road in Massachusetts.