‘Local’ what does it mean?

Missouri is where my heart is, regardless of where I live.

Crossing the Mighty Mississippi River into Missouri means I have arrived home. The mile long drive across the span of bridge provides not only an unobstructed view of the tree-laden Missouri river bank, but also an emotional connection to where I have lots of happy memories. The light from the setting sun highlights the tree-laden bank of the river.

Plans to see family and engage in activities such as playing games, visiting restaurants, or dining at a favorite restaurant are made more real with the crossing into Missouri. A favorite restaurant is located in Florissant, Missouri in a century-old railroad station depot. While the train depot has stood over a century, but De.lish Bakery and Cafe has resided in the depot only a few years. Sadly, De.lish will close at the end of this month (see their announcement).

Small, locally owned businesses are important to me and to my family. The closing of De.lish is heart-wrenching. When a business experiences continued losses, businesses cannot survive and face the unpleasant task of shutting the business. The announcement of De.lish’s closing has me reexamining, yet again, what it means to support a business. It is not enough to follow them on social media, promote their social media posts. or talking with friends and family about how great a business is.

Support means cold hard cash removed from the wallet and spent at the business. Money is a fact of life, an unpleasant topic, but for small business owners money is a necessity. Without sales, profits cannot exist. Without profits, business cannot survive. The closure of a business is a loss for employees, customers, and the local community. Town character is determined, in part, by the businesses which reside in the community. It is the population who determines, through where they spend money, if the businesses are big box discount operations or locally-owned businesses. Too many towns in America have the same businesses as the next town, giving people in other towns no reason to visit.

It is my hope people will begin to take notice of the need to support local businesses in the town and embrace the principles of the 3/50 Project. The 3/50 Project encourages you to pick 3 local businesses and spend $50 each month at that business. The $1.67 daily cost is a small price to pay to support your local business. Think of the difference to your town and to your local business people.

Select one business to support this month and ask friends and family to do the same. You will be glad to get to know the small business owners in your community. Everyone benefits. Let me know about your experiences!

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2 thoughts on “‘Local’ what does it mean?

  1. Small, locally-owned businesses are important to me, too. Why Asheville (especially downtown) is so cool; i.e., there are so many such establishments. Methinks you’d love it. Come visit sometime!

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