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Archive for December 8th, 2008

gotthart1In 1549, the Gotthard family came from France to settle in Freiburg im Breisgau, a German city near the edge of the Black Forest.  There they opened a store selling towels.  Since then, more than 18 generations of this family have operated a textiles store where a tradition of quality and service was a way of life.  There is no one left who wants to run the business anymore, and so they will close at the end of the year.  We have the Walton family.  I wonder if Wal-Mart will be around in 460 years.

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