The blog is one piece of social media/communication used to educate and promote the business of running. I am 41 years young and cannot remember what I was like when i was 2o something. it does not matter. I do know however, that blogs and facebook and whatever other electronic methods are used to communicate in this day and age, were non-existent. Can you imagine?
As for the running shop paradigm, in the general, I support all of the running shops as they are more or less, the same. I disagree however, with whoever the anonymous person is as our Willard street shop does fine and is a champion store. As a matter of principle, I think that "anonymous" should be kicked out of the discussion as no matter what rationale is provided, it is a cowardly way to go. I mean, this is a running geek blog and is designed to enhance and promote freedom of speech and thought.
So "anonymous", if you have some true courage and gusto, you will come out of "anonymous" closet land and allow your vulnerability to show(sign of courage).
Go Mighty Bert/Pacers/Running Co/Potomac River Running/Fleet Feet and so on.....