With a whiff of global warming, the weather in the Northeast this weekend was warm, sunny and filled with the smell of fading leaves. This amazing tree on the left is one that we watch every time we head out to the country. It's leaves have turned a deep, deep purple-y brown. We are planning on taking a photograph of it every time we pass it and see what it does over the course of a year.
This week we get down to evaluating more stores and (for us) figuring out how to move from collecting to voting to deciding fairly. We are currently planning on taking readers votes and comments and having a panel of judges evaluate them for the final outcome (as was suggested by a number of readers). This seems a particularly good way to evaluate these shops and decide on "Best of" leaders.