The other day I was out running errands, and decided to stop at my local scrap booking store. I needed some pens and papers and they carry a large supply. I had not been there in a food month or so, because I had no upcoming events that I needed to make cards or gifts. When I got there, the store was dark and locked. The store had gone out of business.
I am fortunate to live in an area where we have a fair amount of independent retailers. I do my best to support them, even on my limited budget. this occasionally means paying a bit more, but its something I feel is worth while, and supports the community that I live in. I budget accordingly. In my case this includes local fabric stores, an independent book store (both new and used), and independent hardware, and other similar shops. I get most of my gardening supplies and pots from an independent dealer rather than one of the big box guys. I'm not saying I buy everything this way, but they are my first go toes. I know the product will be good, as will the customer service. Psychologically I also know that it's small business that build the economy.
Unfortunately, my scrapbook store (which had very competitive prices and almost anything you could use), found that they could no longer compete with big box stores and the Internet and keep their prices at what they considered a fair level. I will miss them.