I don't think we'll ever rival Seattle, but I think this kind of local culture can help make the shift to a more local focused community rather than big box store for everything.
I think if you can get someone to start purchasing some fresh vegetables at a farmers market, they are more likely to go in to a small local shop to make a gift purchase. Before long, that person is almost exclusively shopping locally and supporting our own economy.
I would see this shift in culture taking us closer to the lines of Bellingham, rather than Seattle, but who knows? Only time will tell.