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Old 04-30-2007, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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From the Op-Ed Page of Sunday's paper. Four writers from around the country provide quarterly snapshots of their economies. Lee Smith from Hillsborough, N.C. wrote for the south. Here's a clip of the first few paragraphs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/29/op...gewanted=print


April 29, 2007
Op-Ed Contributor

The South Under Siege, Yet Again
By LEE SMITH


Hillsborough, N.C.

I LIVE in an old house on the main street of this North Carolina county seat, population 6,162, about 40 miles northwest of Raleigh. It’s a rural place still, I guess, but things have been changing ever since the Old South turned into the Sun Belt and, even more so, since Money magazine wrote up our area last year as one of the five best places in America to live. What’s it like to be “discovered” after 250 years?

A quick walk down King Street tells the tale.

Whatever you need, the Dual Supply hardware store has got it — though the proprietor, Wesley Woods, may be the only one who can find it on the crowded shelves, which have looked “pretty much the same” ever since he started working here at “8 or 9 years old, putting up stock, sweeping and changing tires.” He’s not worried about the big-box stores going up down by Interstate 85: “Your people are your business, and my people aren’t going away.”
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Old 04-30-2007, 02:28 PM
 
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Nice read, Thanks for posting Tigerlilly.

I love going to the Dual Supply, I shop for my hardware needs there whenever I can.
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:26 PM
 
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Thanks for the post! I enjoyed the link. I've read several of Lee Smith's books... love her stuff.
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Old 04-30-2007, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill
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When we were visiting the area in February we managed to find both the Cup o'Joe and the French bakery and we noticed the hardware/bait shop in between them. The pastries at the bakery are deliciousl
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Nice read, Thanks for posting Tigerlilly.

I love going to the Dual Supply, I shop for my hardware needs there whenever I can.
When we move, I would hope we have access to a hardware like Dual Supply. Every place I've lived the old timers have been run out by Home Depot. The independents are the only ones that take the time to explain things so a woman can understand. LOL
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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When we were visiting the area in February we managed to find both the Cup o'Joe and the French bakery and we noticed the hardware/bait shop in between them. The pastries at the bakery are deliciousl
Thanks for the pastry recommendation. We'll definitely check it out when we visit this summer.
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Old 05-05-2007, 09:32 PM
 
Location: North Raleigh
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Whatever you need, the Dual Supply hardware store has got it — though the proprietor, Wesley Woods, may be the only one who can find it on the crowded shelves, which have looked “pretty much the same” ever since he started working here at “8 or 9 years old, putting up stock, sweeping and changing tires.” He’s not worried about the big-box stores going up down by Interstate 85: “Your people are your business, and my people aren’t going away.”
That shop is the best kept secret in Hillsborough. You really owe it to yourself to check it out if you're in town. Mayberry isn't dead yet with shops like this still thriving.
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