Just to remind you I only survive shopping locally and independently because of the almighty Horsley Community Shop. This is where I can buy all my basics, cleaning stuff and oodles of treats for the kids.
In Cambridge they are trialling an American idea of "Cash Mob", an alternative to the "Flash Mob" that feel You tube. What it means is a group of people pile into an agreed local shop on a particular to show them it's support, to raise awareness of the store and hopefully pick up some new customers along the way. A fantastic idea and I'm sure exactly what our small independents could do with at the moment.