I love buying local - I wish I could purchase/support even more local farmers/establishments, etc. One of our favorite local spots is The Boot at Preserve Village. We can walk from our house and be there in less than five minutes. We have a tendency to eat there about once a week.
About 18 months ago, I bought a Groupon for The Boot. We were still living in our other house. After we ate dinner (the first time!), we rode through the neighborhood and loved it. I continued to buy Groupons and we continued to eat dinner at The Boot. Every time, we would ride through the neighborhood and look at the houses. There is a big map of all the lots in the main park and we would look at the layout and we would go home and pull up the Preserve website.
For years, we had talked about moving and downsizing and "getting off the big hill" and getting a smaller yard (our other lot was about 3/4 of an acre). We decided to put our house on the market and it sold in the first week . . so we started looking. We had been looking at houses for weeks online and we kept thinking that we would move to Homewood.
BUT every week, we would drive back over to The Preserve and we finally decided to move here . . .and we love it! We are approaching our one year anniversary of Preserve living. . . AND we are still going to The Boot. We want to take all of our friends there. Here we were one recent weekend . . with good friends (we laughed a lot!!) .and guess what? The beer was local! Love Local! Love our friends!!