Within a five block radius of my home there are two saddlers, at least three cabinetmakers, a couple tailors, a few jewelers, a thriving farmers market, more bakeries than I can count and twice as many restaurants. People are busy cobbling shoes, repairing refrigerators and upgrading computers. A shop up the street sells artisan crafts from the surrounding villages, in another, a tradesman hammers tin into toys for children and watering cans for gardeners while a neighboring artist carves and paints traditional icons. A couple has a shop a few doors up from my place. They specialize in alterations, their…
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