Houston Legend Cactus Music to Close
This is a sad, sad day. According to the Chronicle, Cactus Music is closing due to low sales, the causes of which seem to be a mixture of music downloading, big box stores, and the rising popularity of alternative distribution channels. I really can’t believe it, even though this has been a growing plague for locally-owned businesses. Especially for music and book stores. The store was started by the Daily family back in the day and is not only part of Houston’s music history but of Texas legend.
The closing of Cactus reminds me of the philosophy the founder of ibuylocal.info explained in one of his opening entries. Buying local is about helping your neighbors. As Kevin says:
This is all about helping out our neighbors. I can only imagine how hard it must be to open and own your own small business. I work for a large company, and so have no experience with small business. But, I realize that I can help out my local small businesses, and more importantly, my neighbors. I can choose to go to them instead of those ubiquitous chains and megamarts. I can look for a local business before I go to a chain.
I wish this kind of action would save more stores like Cactus. But for now, I guess we can just step up our support of local businesses and hope to preserve what is left. Thanks to Enita for the link.