Monday, July 11, 2016

What Are You Waiting For? Support Your Independent Businesses

We can't just sit and wait until Aunt Dorothy comes into town to go to the independents which are still alive and well in our communities. We shouldn't hold off and just pick one day each year to visit the downtown area with it's small shops, or delay enjoying the family-owned diner which has been serving up breakfast for more than fifty years...because they won't be here. Businesses need customers and when they aren't supported, well, we all have a nearby downtown that has faded away, I'm sure.

I see this over and over again, people perhaps too busy to make time - or maybe they are just making excuses. Why must you avoid what was and likely still IS the heartbeat of your community, just waiting for a "special occasion"? The answer is that we as people, as a society, are lazy - and sadly, indifferent to loss. If we aren't motivated now to go out and support what is still there we may well lose them forever, and for proof of that all you have to do is look around! So many favorites and iconic businesses and local people are gone; closed up; no longer a part of anything....and yet we put it off.

Wake up folks. They will not be here forever and YOUR actions today determine what you will see tomorrow. Think about it and if you have a better way to say this then feel free to add your thoughts in a comment below. And for all the mom and pop stores out there, the one-man show type of establishment and the people who love and value what they do....I encourage you to think about where you spend.

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