This leads to: when is enough enough? Can we have enough bathroom tissue? What about other things?
For example: Lebron James. He just helped his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA championship. He did not resign with Cleveland making him a free agent thus freeing him up to make more. Millions. More. Don't get me wrong, I am all for capitalism. But............how many millions does one need to make in order to feel justified?
Or for us closer to home. There is this wonderful store in Chapel Hill, NC called A Southern Season. It was/is a specialty food and coffee store. It grew to become a $30 million operation. There was the store in Chapel Hill and they did great online business. But the 2008 economic downturn hit it hard. The owner sold it and the new owners began big expansions. They had locations in Mount Pleasant, SC and Richmond, VA. Now.................there is only the flagship store left and they have filed bankruptcy. I wonder, did the new owners never consider enough? What is so bad, not only for Southern Season but how this bankruptcy impacts all of the small businesses that did sold their local goods to them. One of the biggest perks of shopping at SS was the local gourmet food items. Local cheese from Chapel Hill Creamery, Videri Chocolate, Slingshot coffee, Butterfields Candy, Boulted Bread, Big Spoon Roasters, NumNum Sauce, The Blakemere Company. This list goes on and on. Many small companies are owed money now from Southern Season and most likely, they won't see that money. One man who manages Bear Branch Milling Co said that this bankruptcy will most likely put them out of business. Once again I ask when is it enough?
The desire for more and more and better and newer and fancier and bigger can be so fun but it can also cause many problems. I wonder if the owners of Southern Season wish they had never expanded to other cities but focused on their one store and how to improve it? I wonder if these small business owners will ride out this turn of events or will they simply stop doing business with them? We were in the store this past Saturday and it really is a shell of itself. You used to be able to go through aisles of gourmet gift baskets and find just the right one for whatever occasion you had. Now there are no gift baskets. It seems to have become even more "gourmet", expensive. Is that part of the problem? Who knows. But it has really given me something to think about.
I can only wear one pair of shoes at a time. One outfit at a time. Drive one car at a time. Do I need 20 pairs of shoes? Do I need enough clothes so I never have to repeat an outfit in say 3 weeks?
What do you think?
|gift baskets galore|
|Yummy cheese-maybe you can never have too much cheese?|