There's no mystery...the economy is rough to say the least. Things are bad out there...the more you look around, the more you see it. At the end of each month, you see more and more empty stores and more and more "Going out of Business" signs. I like to think we're as far down as we can go and the only way is up...not sure if I'm right, but the optimist in me is telling me so. You wonder what it is you can do to help...surely shopping locally can help. Over the past year, I know that I've been making a concentrated effort to support my local businesses...the ones that support local families and treat me right. I found this cool short film that explains things a bit more...Shop Locally and Support Your LOCAL Surf Shop...things will get better.