I think all of us have gone to a grocery store, and all of us go to nice restaurants, and it’s fine to do that every once in a while. But as company owned stores and restaurants grow bigger, the local businesses are all losing their place in society. Think about it this way, those people make a living out of that, and by buying at big company owned shops, you make it easier for them to go bankrupt.
One of the reasons why we should go to local businesses is because, for one, most of them will have more natural and healthy products, in the case of local food markets; Another reason would be that this is how these people make a living, not like big company owned stores where the owners aren’t even doing the work, they’re just sitting down at their desk doing paperwork; another reason would be that this would recreate the community we once had, for example, my dad grew up in a society with mainly local shops, everyone knew him and he knew everyone, if he was getting in trouble or if he was being bullied… whoever noticed would tell my grandparents what happened and (in the second case) tell the bully’s parents what he had done. When I moved to Spain and we went to the local market, everyone knew him, and it was way more conservatory than what you would find at a supermarket.
So if you know a local barber shop or market, next time, please go there and talk to the people around you. Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours!