Buying local is more important than ever. Right now, you or someone you know is likely being directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic as result of business closures and operating limitations. Business and their employees are doing what they can to keep the lights on ensure they’re here to stay when all is back to normal. In the meantime, they need all the support and patronage they can get.
There are a number of businesses throughout the region that are open, including many local restaurants who have continued to provide meals via takeout and delivery only. Everyday things are changing at a rapid pace, with the most recent executive order from Governor Whitmer limiting businesses to essential only. In an effort to brace for the extensive impact some small businesses that are struggling to generate the revenue needed to remain open at this time have shuttered voluntarily to minimize operation costs for the foreseeable future.
While you’re stuck at home, do what you can to support local businesses in your region. If you need to order in, support a local restaurant you hold dear by ordering and shopping at local restaurants and grocers, opposed to ordering online from retailers afar. Your contribution to the local economy could be make or break for a regional business’s future, the employment of a neighbor and the wellbeing of your community.
Our friends at the Lansing State Journal have curated a list of local restaurants you can support at this time by ordering takeout or delivery. You can find this list here.
While small businesses are especially vulnerable at this time, it’s important to remember that larger corporations, while less likely to fold or be as greatly impacted, still employ and support members of the community and could also use support. Do what you can to help those in need and be considerate with how you choose to spend your money at this time. Every purchase you make will go a long way in helping someone within the region.