A reader writes:

I own a small take-out restaurant here on Oahu, Hawaii. Over the past few years, many of the restaurants in our neighborhood followed the then-current national trend of making their restaurants more "upscale". That meant "fancier" ingredients and higher prices. Now that the recession has hit, guess what? Folks aren't going to those upscale places anymore. They're opting for simpler food and lower prices. The result? The other restaurants in our neighborhood are struggling to survive. Yet our business is up 20% over last year! (We had to hire more employees to handle the rush of customers. Really.) This recession is working out pretty well for us.

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