Originally Posted by duluthralphie
That is exactly the point. I do not want to know the politics of any business I do business with, if they are overtly political and making political statements I will not go there.
lol, I misread your original post and thought it was dunn brothers you preferred not to grace with your patronage. But it was starbucks! but, I am equally ignorant about starbucks.
I like local companies regardless. I hate hate hate the global conglomeratization of the world, where you get the same old same old regardless of where you travel. San Francisco is considering putting some $$ towards supporting local businesses that make San Fran what it is (or was). Minneapolis development bucks go to national retailers, so the pottery barn folks can get $$$$ for store build outs, etc, but the teeny tiny I'm going for bust entrepeneur wont qualify because they have no track record. Thats why in these retail developments you find the same danged store as everywhere else, nothing interesting or unique.
I like Urban Eggplant in St. Paul, a funny little store into sustainability. They sell chicks! plus organic feed I can't afford, and all kinds of cool gardening gizmos, things to ferment stuff (beer, sauerkraut, whatever), bee stuff, etc. (between my comments on coffee and sustainability, bet I lose redneck points)