Town Sees Value of Local Bakery
I found this recent story from the Boston Globe to be an interesting example of how people value locally owned businesses, both for the product they provide as well as the space they provide to connect with their fellow community members. The town of Colebrook, NH, came together to keep open this bakery, Le Rendez Vous, when its owner couldn't get his Visa renewed initially. The town had suffered their share of recent economic hardships, with plant closings and the like, but decided to make a stand on behalf of the bakery.
OK, maybe the local denizens of Colebrook were just savvy foodies that their bread quality would suffer if their baker had to return to France. But it seems that they were making a statement here not just about the bread but the value of local business and how a place like Le Rendez Vous provides an important gathering place for the community. Important at any time, but especially during this tough economy, a place to connect with one another, find support literally break bread is invaluable. So I'm glad to here that this special bakery is staying open thanks to the advocacy of the Colebrook community!