The State of the Yarn Shop by America's Knitting
This is a great article by Mary at America's Knitting; it is insightful and as close to anything I could have written. Mary has been providing America's Knitting, an online yarn shop directory to all of us. I encourage you to use her site; there are spotlights, projects and much more.
Thank you to everyone who believes that small independent shops are an important part of any community.