I haven’t been in there for awhile. I’m not a mall kind of person. But when I first moved here I marveled at two characteristics of the mall that distinguished it from others. One was the choice of background music – classic rock over Musak. The second was the unusual proportion of locally owned businesses (no, franchises don’t count).

Just drove by the mall this morning. You’ve got Sears, Borders, Pier 1, Hometown Buffet, etc. – certainly no locally owned business showcased for the drivers on Broadway. Are there any locally owned businesses left?

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