(22) Think twice about shopping at a “big box” store such as Wal-Mart January 9, 2016 23 Things Check out the Home Town Advantage, a publication by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance to show how sprawl presents a tangible threat to historic downtowns all across the country. Share ThisShareTweet See Also (2) Visit one of Vermont’s historic downtowns. Shop at locally-owned stores -- they are part of the reason why our communities are unique and vibrant places! (23) Make a contribution to the Preservation Trust of Vermont today. Help us with the work we do. See the many different ways you can contribute to the Preservation Trust. (18) Visit a Vermont country store. Local country stores offer goods and experiences that can't be had at chain stores.