The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

The un­for­tu­nate clo­sure of the Ter­race End Books and Toys store in Palmer­ston North is a good re­minder to sup­port our lo­cal busi­nesses.

The shop own­ers, Bruce and Ali­son Stokes, are re­al­is­tic about the power of on­line shop­ping giants in tak­ing their busi­ness away.

There’s not many of us around who don’t take ad­van­tage of the convenience and value in shop­ping from home on the couch.

But we shouldn’t for­get the plea­sure of walking into a shop, pick­ing up some­thing that catches our eye, hav­ing a chat with the shop as­sis­tants and tak­ing our pur­chase home straight away.

Espe­cially when it comes to books - there’s noth­ing like pick­ing up books off the shelf and mak­ing a pur­chas­ing de­ci­sion based on the book’s back-cover de­scrip­tion in­stead of on­line re­views.

If you can af­ford it, a few ex­tra dol­lars makes the ex­pe­ri­ence seem worth it, and it en­sures our town and busi­nesses thrive.

- Lisa Hous­ton

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