Local Businesses Need Your Help

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It’s pretty clear that we need to support local businesses–both those that are still open throughout the crisis and those that manage to reopen after the crisis.  As great as it is to click a few buttons and order things through Amazon, we need to think more about our community.

Today I went and got takeout from Granny’s Fish and Chips.  I’ve been going there sporadically for years.  Despite my sporadic visits, they seem to have remembered my name.  I guess that means one of three things.  It could be that my visits are not nearly as infrequent as I claim.  It could mean that they are just good at customer service—who doesn’t feel warmth when someone remembers their name.  It could also mean that I have made somewhat of an impression on them.  The last is possible because in the early days, I was one of the few who realized the family who owned and worked there were Korean and not Chinese.  I also know how to say thank you in Korean, and know how to hand money over with two hands–you’d be surprised at how much of an impression this makes.

Although the shop cannot take in any sit down customers, they seem to be managing.  They’ve got lots of pick up orders and some of those food delivery services are working with them.  I saw an iPad on the counter.  This was a clear indication that they were taking steps to keep their business open.  I feel pretty confident that they will navigate this crisis.

In the next plaza to them is my favourite shawarma place and they, like a lot of places that weren’t able to find a solution, are not open at all.  This doesn’t make me happy, but I hope they survive long enough to open again.  They were a thriving business because their food was delicious.  I am planning on being one of the first customers upon reopening.

Today’s Perfect Moment is supporting local small businesses and the people that work there.  My order isn’t going to set them up for life, but it is part of a wider effort that we all can be part of.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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8 Responses to Local Businesses Need Your Help

  1. Rachel M says:

    I’m trying to support local businesses here too. We don’t want to be left with nothing but chain stores when this is all over.

  2. John says:

    First off, I hope you are keeping safe and well.
    As a general rule now, my travel is limited to five kilometres in one direction and three in the other direction.
    Always good to support local businesses.
    But the most used phrase now seems to be “when this is over…” or maybe….”things will go back to normal…” or “nothing will be the same again…”
    I suspect some things will change. And other things wont change.
    I am maybe more focused on shops and businesses and indeed people who are kind and generous. And others who are exploiting others.

  3. retrodee says:

    My family refuuuuuses to get take out because they’re worried they’ll get the virus that way. I keep telling them that everyone’s getting food from restaurants and it’s no problem. But they’d rather keep cooking. Tonight we’re having hotdogs. HA.

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