Couldn't have said it better ourselves (thank you friends from across the river). Please shop local so that we can stay local!
Local businesses not only give back to the community, but are filled with knowledgable staff. Buying local is also a great way to stimulate the economy. Don't you love (or miss) browsing books at your fingertips and with your whole hand? Being able to turn to any page you want without "sorry you cannot view this page" or some nonsense like that? Wait, there's a bonus, too -- continue reading it on your way out the door and when you get home. No post or wireless required.