The world is different now, and things seemed to turn on a dime. We are all adjusting, figuring out our new normal, and changing our habits for the greater good. We will get through this. We will go out to eat again, we will work out with friends, we will attend concerts, we will sit in theaters and bars, and we will go to Choctoberfest; however, it is likely we will do those things with a greater awareness of all of the things we touch and the location of the closest hand-washing stations.
Over the past few days, we’ve thought about what the current situation means for our Downtown Hershey community and our local businesses. We realize this is a tough time and the future is uncertain as nobody is really sure how long we’ll need to maintain social distancing.
We’ve also thought about what we can be sharing in The Wrapper, a digital publication that has largely focused on social events, local businesses and happenings, and opportunities for people to gather. These things don’t exist now as they did last week, but that doesn’t mean our community members don’t want to to enjoy their favorite local dishes, exercise, shop, and be entertained. Use this link to check out the list we’ve compiled of local restaurants that are open for takeout and delivery. We’ve also included a list of local retailers that are offering online specials, and we even found a few local, virtual-social events to check out. We’ll keep updating this list on our website, so if you know of additional local business specials or virtual events, feel free to send us a note.
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As we navigate this situation, do what you can to stay safe and healthy and slow the spread of Coronavirus, and remember to also support your local businesses. There are several ways you can show your support. We like the way Robert Orth phrased it in a recent post on Calicutts Spice Co.’s Facebook page:
- Continue to financially support a local small business by placing online, phone, or email orders — that helps maintain normalcy as long as possible, and it continues to allow businesses the ability to pay rent, meet payroll for employees, and buy the supplies needed to create products.
- Provide encouragement — writing a kind comment on Facebook, leaving a nice review, or sending a thoughtful email to a small business costs nothing. What it gives to a small business owner and their employees is oftentimes more valuable than money. It is the positive acknowledgment and gratification in your words that re-energizes us to continue to overcome when we are feeling most defeated.
- Spread the word — small businesses rise and fall on “word of mouth” and their reputations. If you like what a small business creates, who they are, and how they treat you, then tell your friends and family about them. When the fog lifts, and our lives return to normal, the awareness spread by you about a small business, can instantly revitalize that small business through increased sales. And it will be as if a disruption to operations never even occurred.