CHALLENGE TO SHOP LOCAL
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.
Eamon Sullivan launching Shop Local at Bib and Tucker.