I try very hard to support local businesses. I buy what I need as long as it's available from Newtown businesses.
But I have to say they don't make it easy. After I cleaned the driveway from last night's storm, I went to Newtown Hardware to buy bags of rock salt. It costs about $8 for a 50-pound bag. I was told by the young lady waiting on me that it would cost $20 a bag. I expressed my surprise and pointed out that I just bought some for $8. She replied that that was for salt. She was giving me Calcium Chloride. She said they're the same.
The teacher in me of course had to give her a fast mini lesson but it didn't matter. I learned that Newtown Hardware won't be supplying ordinary rock salt for the rest of the winter.
So now should I spring for the more expensive alternative or go to Agway or Home Depot for the stuff I originally wanted.
I needed something now so I sprang for 3 bags but there's enough of a cost differential to justify going elsewhere next time. Too bad. They couldn't give me a satisfactory answer to why they won't be carrying it.