For the Locally Curious

January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

There is a distinct personality to every city, fashioned not by polished department stores or chain restaurants reserving familiarity for the traveler far from home, but rather by the “roughs and beards and space and ruggedness and nonchalance” that Walt Whitman recognized as the very character of the American spirit. This character is expressed by the Mom-and-Pop businesses, the made-by-locals-for-locals mentality that continues to carve out a niche for the American ideals of independence and hard work that good ‘ol, air-bathing Ben Franklin advocated all those years ago.

I realize there are a lot of big, expressive words and archaic literary references in that paragraph. If you made it this far, congratulations, I salute your intrepid spirit. Now, forward! Onward! Explore!

On the bustling blocks of Oklahoma City and its northern suburban sister, Edmond, there lies a wealth of small businesses which recognize and revel in the “Keep-It-Local” movement. “It” being creative business. None of this outsourcing stuff; we want originality we can brag about, originality that will foster a better, stronger local community.

That’s what the Keep-It-Local movement is about: celebrating and supporting This Land and all its artistic effusions, be they in the form of handmade soy candles or gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches with unexpected ingredients like pears, pesto, or potatoes.

Keep-It-Local card in hand, the Culture Canary will be sacrificing the contents of a small bank account to support local businesses and bring all findings of culinary, artistic, and homemade perfection straight to you, the locally curious. So stick around; there’s a lot to read, see, and eventually visit yourself.

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