A quick review of news here in South Dakota turned up a story in today's Rapid City Journal about the last day of business at Fjord's Ice Cream. The owner cited a lack of support from the local community and further stated that most of her business came from tourists in the area who actually sought out Fjord's.
Go check out the story at www.rapidcityjournal.com
It's a sad, but true, fact that if local people do not support local businesses, chances are those local businesses are going to have a tough time staying open. Granted, it's a lot easier to whip through a drive through lane of franchise place that sells frozen treats and lots of those sorts of places are also owned by local folks. But still, if your community has a local treasure like a Fjord's, you need to make a point to go out of your way to give them some business.