As the pandemic continues to affect the economy and the livelihood of most businesses, it is more important than ever to support your local mom-and-pop shops. What exactly is a mom-and-pop shop? It is a small business that is family-owned or independent business. Why is it so important to support these small businesses? That is what we want to help explain.
Mom-and-pop shops already tend to struggle against bigger businesses and now many have had to close their doors permanently during this time. This not only includes small shops but restaurants as well. These small shops or hole-in-the-wall restaurants are what gives a city more character and charm as you will not find another like it in the next city over. You will always be able to find the big stores, but these mom-and-pop businesses are what draw people in. No two restaurants will have the exact same menu using the same ingredients just how no two shops will be carrying the same items to sell.
Maybe you think it is cheaper to go to a big-name store or restaurant for the food you want, but is cheaper always better? If you go to a big name place you will get a mass-produced item but at a mom-and-pop shop the item will be more unique. Plus, mom-and-pop shops tend to offer more deals to draw people into their place. They are very literally the epitome of the American Dream as they have made something (be it a restaurant or small shop) out of nothing with their own two hands. These small shops encourage people to be entrepreneurs and not give up on their own dreams no matter how hard it might be to make it a reality.
While the world might be a dark place right now, do you really want to see your favorite mom-and-pop business disappear? You can make a difference by posting about how much you enjoy them or leaving a review. Spread rumors of how great the establishment is by word of mouth. Get the word out there so your favorite mom-and-pop shop can drum up some extra business. Please continue to support your small businesses today. Remember, change starts with you.