Living in a small town, and being a part of a family who owns a small business in that town, I have come to realize the importance of “shopping locally.” November 29th is Small Business Saturday where people are encouraged to shop at small businesses. Shopping small makes a big impact on your neighborhood. A few days ago, Dave and I were driving on Springfield Avenue, (the busiest road in town – still only a two lane road though,) and passed a sign that read, “fresh ravioli.” I don’t know how I have lived around the corner from this place for all these years and never noticed it! Perhaps it was the new awning, I don’t know, but something caught my eye and we mentioned we should try it out. It is called Campy Ravioli and Dave went there today, got some ravioli and two kinds of sauce, marinara and Vodka. A block away there is a tiny Italian deli, Di Pietro’s, that sells meatballs and fresh Italian bread so he stopped there as well. This was dinner tonight and Drew declared the raviolis were “as good as The Reservoir’s.” The Reservoir is where we eat nearly once a week for our extended family’s dinner. He was right…it has us wondering if maybe that’s where they get their raviolis from. Great prices, delicious food and we kept it local. Not everyone who reads my blog can shop here in Maplewood of course, but think about seeking out a new place in your own town and try it out. We were pleasantly surprised and will definitely be returning! Don’t just shop local on Small Business Saturday. Do it often. Without a doubt, local shop keepers are happy to have your business!