My family was sitting at a locally owned restaurant a few weeks ago, noting the decreased customers. This restaurant is a bit of a drive for us, and on the way we had seen and remarked on the many businesses that had closed. It struck me that I could do a little bit to help.
At dinner I brought up that for the rest of the year, when we dine out (about once every two weeks), I wanted to make sure we ate at a locally-owned restaurant.
Yep, no chains.
My husband was intrigued by the idea. My daughter, who lives for Happy Meal toys, was not.
In the end, we all agreed. Dinners out would be local. Lunches could be wherever the two of them wanted.
What we are trying to do is support our local small businesses and keep them afloat, as much as is in our power.
What it will mean is that instead of ordering online from Dominos, our pizza will come from a local shop. We’ll be eating at the local Mexican place rather than Moe’s. Our dinners will be less fast food and more real food.
It’s a step to simplify my life in a good way: giving myself better quality food while supporting my community.
Next will probably come the hardware stores, where we buy as much as possible from the local store rather than the big-box. This can’t be done in one swoop, as the local store does not have all the things we need. But a little is better than none.
What do you think? Is this a good thing?
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