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 COMMENT 432897 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 08:33 AM

True dat.


 COMMENT 432901 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 08:34 AM

A-MEN !!!


 CARBELECTRIC helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 08:35 AM



 COMMENT 432908 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 08:40 AM

Ed and his wife are two of the most wonderful people and some of the best retailers we have in SB. We try to support them on a regular basis.


 COMMENT 432915 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 08:46 AM

So large companies don't pay their employees?


 COMMENT 432925 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 09:00 AM

All good points, however, do not forget to buy "Made In America" as often as you can.


 COMMENT 432932 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 09:10 AM

Awesome sign! EVERY small business in town should identify themselves with a similar sign.

Which store has this sign? I feel like I should go buy something and invest in a kid's team jersey.


 COMMENT 432934 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 09:12 AM

915- they don't pay them enough, so that way the CEO can get his third vacation home. And the 'shareholders', who produce absolutely zero but are happy to take a cut (out of the employees paychecks).

Additionally, we the taxpayers subsidize the high CEO pay as well as the low employee pay, through public assistance programs that are necessary since the corps don't pay enough to live on, but obviously have enough money to do so as evidenced by the high CEO pay and shareholder payouts. See McDoogles chart for their employees on how to live on 1,050 bucks a month.


 MTNDRIVER helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 09:13 AM

932, it's The Green and Yellow Basket, stated in the article. Great selection of hats and scarves and a lot of other things, and they've been in business for many many years, outlived so many local businesses. Support them!


 COMMENT 432941P helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 09:16 AM

The window sign at the Green and Yellow Basket is a good reminder to support local businesses when possible. That store has been there for how many decades? The Flo Jo's flip flops they sell are high quality and last for many years.


 COMMENT 432945 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 09:19 AM

It seems like people think any company that is a corp automatically has an evil CEO who makes millions. Sure this may be the case for a few hundred companies out there, but there are thousands more where this is not the case. THere are many "corps" in SB. If they were all evil money grubbing ceo's looking to buy a new vacation home, the first thing they would do to save $ is to get out of SB and CA as fast as they could.


 THE BARRON helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 09:28 AM

How true.


 COMMENT 432897 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 09:36 AM

2945.... you clearly missed the point. Sure Mom & Pop shops can be incorporated. It protects the owners from certain liabilities and it's the smart thing to do. But that's not the point of this thread.

Most chains are run not so much for customer loyalty and satisfaction as for shareholder value and those that do pay their CEOs obscene multiples of what the average employee earns in the same company. You see... employees work with customers and are disposable but corporate officers work with bankers and investors and are hand picked by boards made up of other corporate officers from other shareholder centric corps. Two very distinct cultures... one that is middle class and out to do good and the other aristocratic that is only out for personal enrichment at the expense of everyone else.

In essence the foxes are in charge of the chicken coops.


 COMMENT 432970 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 09:53 AM



 GOLFERRW helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 09:55 AM

Though I like to shop local I also keep in mind, the larger business employs PEOPLE. These people have the same needs as the sign says, pay a mortgage, feed their family, put kids through college, etc. Yes the big companies many are corupt at the higher levels (not all) but the employees that work there are local and have needs. Nuf said


 COMMENT 432977 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 10:05 AM

Great sign... Great shop...!


 COMMENT 432981 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 10:10 AM

I like it - what a nice reminder!
Love that store - they are one of the oldies but goodies still left on State Street. Going to go there this weekend to buy some flip flops just because of the sign :)


 COMMENT 432982 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 10:12 AM

One of the few stores that survived the corporate raping of State St.


 COMMENT 432984 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 10:15 AM

That's why I vote no on a target. People don't realize the effect it has on local small business.


 COMMENT 432994 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 10:27 AM

It made me want to go buy something from them soon!


 COMMENT 432999 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 10:34 AM

Hooray for this! I love pointing tourists who ask "where is the nearest Starbucks?" to a much more pleasant local coffee house.


 COMMENT 433010 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 10:46 AM



 COMMENT 433013 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 10:50 AM

I have mixed feelings about this. Yes! I will shop at a local mom and pop store ... PROVIDED, the service is good and they are friendly.

I think it's weird to assume that if it's small/local=better.

I've been in some locally owned business that were rude, high-priced (way-over-priced) and lacked knowledge about their products.

I don't think it's that black and white. I will shop where I am treated well, am able to find what I need and where the workers know what they are talking about. I will even pay more to shop at a place like that....


 FANGIRL helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 02:58 PM

I have shopped for years at Green and Yellow Basket and am so happy they have managed to stay a presence on State Street. They are local AND they have great service and prices.


 COMMENT 433165 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 03:53 PM

Well said.


 COMMENT 433178 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 04:23 PM

G&YB is one of the last of the mohicans...I have shopped there for years...so sad to remember all the great little boutiques along State that are now gone, but not forgotten....sigh.

Great sign, great people, great store...please support them!


 COMMENT 433251P helpful negative off topic

2013-07-18 07:22 PM

Some of the comments on this thread have nothing to do with Santa Barbara. So why is this thread allowed to stay up when the Zimmerman article and thread was taken down?


 COMMENT 433308 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-19 07:34 AM

Ojai has banned national chain stores


 COMMENT 433318 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-19 08:02 AM

Of course I like the 'local' business idea.
But the vilification of "CEOs" and "corporations" is contemptible. No one has to buy anything from McDonalds, Macys, Starbucks, Apple, or you name it.


 COMMENT 433354 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-19 09:07 AM

945 for the win!


 COMMENT 433411 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-19 10:57 AM

Yeah. But Goorin Brothers down the street looks nicer, has a hipper feel. And they even serve you whiskey while you shop.


 RHS helpful negative off topic

2013-07-19 11:26 AM

These signs are always simplistic. One wonders if the owners filter all their merchandise purchases through the same screen? One could look into their inventory and find a lot of things they stock from faraway places I imagine. Buy local is good environmental advice insofar as it saves unsound transportation pollution and expense. But I am also comfortable in buying local from Costco which pays its staff well and provides appropriate benefits. I am not comfortable in buying local from Whole Foods who exploits labor and wants to disempower government regulation and protection. I am also not going to buy local from a dealership that charges a lot more for the same product available out of town or on the internet just to take advantage of the local/captive market.


 COMMENT 432934 helpful negative off topic

2013-07-19 11:40 AM

Since we now live in a Corporatocracy, and no longer a democratic republic, voting has taken on a new meaning for me. Now, I vote with my wallet rather than at the ballot box. Some corporations are indeed benign, and may from time to time do the local community some good, usually if and only if there's a profit in it or will help the corp grow. Altruism and corporate are opposite concepts.

For the larger corps, who couldn't care less about locals or anyone else, I'll keep my money back, and use it at the Green and Yellow basket, and other local businesses who do care about our local community. I get to vote everyday. Don't forget to vote! If you think that doesn't have an impact, look at the news today and watch corps capitulate when the press heat is on.


 COMMENT 432941P helpful negative off topic

2013-07-19 07:51 PM

Thanks to Green and Yellow Basket, 423 and other readers for the reminder that we can still vote with our pocketbook spending, even if the electoral process has been hijacked.


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