Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION - Denise S. Cahill Edi­tor

WHEN a lo­cal re­tailer closes in our com­mu­nity, ev­ery­one looks for some­one to point the fin­ger at. The coun­cil has too many re­stric­tions, the busi­ness owner should have tried harder, the de­clin­ing lo­cal econ­omy forced the clo­sure. But the real blame is on us, the shop­pers. If we don’t sup­port lo­cal busi­ness, lo­cal busi­ness will close. To­day, Com­mu­nity News launches its Shop Lo­cal cam­paign where we’re en­cour­ag­ing our read­ers, the lo­cal com­mu­nity, to sup­port small busi­ness. In fact, it’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity as com­mu­nity mem­bers to shop lo­cal. Small busi­ness own­ers are our neigh­bours, our friends, our fam­ily, a par­ent at our lo­cal school and we need to sup­port them, oth­er­wise our favourite cof­fee shop on the cor­ner, newsagency, shoe store or bar won’t sur­vive. The ex­tra cou­ple of dol­lars spent sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­ness rather than boom­ing chain stores goes back into our com­mu­nity be­cause these small busi­ness own­ers also shop, dine and recre­ate in their lo­cal com­mu­nity. Small busi­ness owner Ea­mon Sul­li­van spends most of his wak­ing hours at his restau­rants Bib and Tucker and May Street Larder. But when he has time to spare, he’s en­joy­ing cof­fee at Mary Street Bak­ery with his sugar-lov­ing wife, hav­ing break­fast with his young fam­ily at Ho­bart Street Deli or sup­port­ing fel­low restau­ra­teur Andy Free­man at Var­nish on King or the Flour Fac­tory. Here’s the chal­lenge I put to you: With Mother’s Day com­ing up, buy mum a spe­cial gift at a small busi­ness. Not only will it put a smile on mum’s face, it will also help to en­sure the fu­ture suc­cess of lo­cal busi­ness in your com­mu­nity.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d481684

Ea­mon Sul­li­van launch­ing Shop Lo­cal at Bib and Tucker.

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