Like many, I’ve spent a lot of the last week feeling overwhelmed by our uncertain times. I’ve texted and messaged many of my small business friends and that has offered me a lot of comfort. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that the spread of the COVID-19 is affecting many people - our friends, our colleagues, our families and our neighbors.
For the common folk, it’s wondering if we need to stock up on everyday supplies for survival (it feels like a big, scary snow storm is coming). For airlines, the seats have emptied and companies are restricting travel. Fewer people are frequenting restaurants and bars which affects the bartenders and waitstaff who rely on tips. Traffic is down for small business owners who are also taking a hit. Conferences are being cancelled and big employers are asking their employees to work from home.
So what do we do? How do we band together and work through it? I want to be a voice of reason and I’ll do my best to offer some ideas.
First, let’s be prepared! Wash those hands and maybe stock up on a few things for your home. If you’re able, shop from local mom and pop marts. Don’t hoard or buy enough for a year - think reasonably. Maybe grab a few extra bottles of wine, just in case. ;)
Second, be extra kind to one another. Check in and talk to each other about how this is affecting us. I’m making myself vulnerable in saying that I feel a little wobbly and fearful of how this will affect CMD. But I know I’m in the same boat as a lot of other people. I also remind myself to take every day as it comes and know that we’re all in this together.
Third, get out and do something for you. Take a walk, grab a meal at your favorite restaurant, buy yourself a little something special, hang with close friends and family...whatever it takes. Oh, and don’t forget to breathe!
I'm excited to be back in San Francisco and I’d love to see your faces at The SF Shop soon! If you're free, please join us on Friday, 3/13 at 12pm pacific for our first-ever Facebook Live event. I'd love to see some familiar faces!
In the midst of everything, my team and I are diligently keeping our space as clean as a whistle so you can feel relaxed when you visit us. Remember how (extra) important it is to shop local right now - let's keep our communities alive and well. We WILL get through this... together.
Hang in there, Friends...we’ll survive!
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