My daughters and I were driving through our town in mid-June when we passed a sign calling out the fact that it was the last day the doors of our local rug store would be open. Although we had not visited the store in several years — and yes, I recognize the irony of that statement — it still gave us pause. For in the recent past, our town has seen many businesses close, including the children’s clothing store and the sporting goods store, both of which we frequented. The ...

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