Okay without looking at it:
Anything helps. I remember times, when ran around Marali and searched for a certain shop. Although the grognards here know every city by heart, it certainly helps newbies to save some time.
*big like* (gosh I am getting modern)
i second that yes! its actually easier to distinguish where i am on the minimap (although that should be apparent anyway) and its nice to know which store is which considering i dont visit marali much and its somewhat of a round about to have to run through the whole town looking for one shop lol!
the Tinker, the Inn, the Forge in Mirith do not have a little circle icon on map when approached...if they were intended to ?
In the notes of the update, it explains that not all of them are in yet. They will be having a rework too.
I like the mini map, but tracking is very difficult now.