So the question I pose is this - Is being a specialist in your field a lost cause, less profitable (a tad of cynicism here) or simply not enduring in the world we now live in?
I am old enough to remember my mum taking me to the local shops where there was a bakers (great hot cross buns and doughnuts), a butchers ( Lamb chops that I still think were the best I ever tasted) a greengrocers ( well I am sure it was good but you know what kids were like with their greens!) and a newsagent that really was a 'proper' sweet shop. Dad used to get some beer and the odd bottle from the off - licence and there was a hardware store and post office too. Now we just go to the supermarket - convenient maybe but in my opinion the food is never as good as supplied by the small specialist business. So can the small specialist still survive? If you want quality then I think it is the only place to go.