Remember Our Local Businesses During Snowmageddon
The wintry weather we have experienced in Robertson County over the last week has been magical and fun for a lot of folks...especially for our school-aged kids! I have to admit it is nice to have the weather force us to stay home, slow down and enjoy time with neighbors and family. Catching up on reading or tv shows and movies, enjoying games, playing in the snow, cleaning, fixing and organizing around the house, and even working from home if possible have been activities that have occupied those of us whose work doesn't require them to brave the elements. But the hard truth that we often don't consider is the effect that weather-related closures have on our small businesses and our collective economy.
So many of our small businesses, shops and restaurants operate on a thin margin and a bad stretch can be the tipping point that puts them in jeopardy. When shops are closed, cash registers are not ringing and employee hours are cut back. The same multiplier effect that makes shopping local a benefit to our local economy can be lead to a contraction that ripples through the community when business is not so good.
With that in mind, I hope that once the thaw sets in we can make a determined effort to visit our local restaurants, shops and businesses and be intentional about directing business their way to help them catch up from this down time. You know you're tired of your own home cooking...come to town for a meal out. Our boutiques have lots of new items to lift your spirits and get your wardrobe and your home ready for spring. And you know there are lots of weddings, events and graduations coming up, why not get a head start on your gift shopping?
You've probably seen this quote on social media recently:
"When you buy from a small "mom and pop" business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom or dad put food on the table, a family pay a mortgage, or a student pay for college."
In slow times like we have experienced the last week, this is doubly true. And I love another quote I saw recently: "When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance!"
Let's make some happy dances happen in Robertson County. With the sun shining and the temperatures rising...shop, eat and play in Robertson County!