Wow, what a crazy couple of weeks we’ve had. With every news outlet and social media buzzing about Covid-19, the uncertainty is scary. I feel like the days run together, but the fear grows. Small businesses are the backbones of the community. Think about it, when you need a fundraising sponsor or silent auction item, you don’t hit up Amazon, you go to your favorite local shops and restaurants. Now more than ever, small business owners are fearing the worst and seeing first hand how this virus is impacting their business.
I think about how busy spring time is for us. On beautiful days, our porch is buzzing with friendly faces enjoying our mead and nibbles. Friday nights we are the place to be where everyone knows your name. Seriously! I miss my Friday guests who are now like family more than they will ever know. We have built a business based on interaction and without it, well it creates so much discomfort & uneasiness.
This week we decided after being open Tuesday for pick ups, that the virus is spreading and we have to do our part to flatten the curve. With our Queen Bee Karen having asthma and being very high risk and other high risk members of our family and little Eden, it wasn’t worth the risk for us or our customers. So going to mostly online with limited pickups on Friday’s only seemed the best bet for us.
With the loss of our bar business and daily sales, I am not going to lie, I was left feeling numb. I know that we are doing the right thing, but we were on track to have our biggest, by far, year to date. BUT, I refuse to let this slow me down. This virus WILL NOT WIN. It’s time to unite as a community and support small business and those fighting on the front lines.
I will leave it at this. We have been blessed with record number of online sales for any March in the last six years. We have the best customers in the universe that continue to show us love and support. Although, business isn’t the same, we are getting creative and making it work. I am floored at the outpouring love we continue to get from everyone. We are going to be back sooner than later and throw one kick ass party!
Thank you to everyone in the medical industry for working around the clock and fighting the front lines. Thank you to the grocery store, banks, city workers, hardware store employees, police officers and anyone that is in an essential business working despite this pandemic. You guys are the brave ones and we applaud you.
So like everyone saying, please take this seriously. Stay home. Shop local if you can, it means the world to the backbones of your community. Wash your hands and be kind. We are in this together and Georgia strong.