You know the shop...there's one in every town, every street maybe...it's got cool stuff in the windows and you pass it every once in a while and think about Some Day making time to go in. Do it this saturday. set aside time to go there. Small shop owners are getting squeezed between rents being jacked up, and people hanging tightly to their "discretionary" money ... everyone is scared. we all need to take a deep breath and exhale. we all need to help each other. what difference does it make if i buy a cupcake, a single cupcake, from Suzy's bakery? it matters. not just in the oh, 4-cents that she makes from it, but there is nothing Nothing sadder than being a shop owner and sitting sitting sitting waiting for someone to come in. you feel worthless and loser-like. you question everything. you worry about rent and electricity and your own judgement, and you know you should not have opened a shop where parking is such a hassle - even though it was the only place you could afford. it is awful. And that little shop owner is probably struggling to support themselves, maybe a family, possibly even a dog & cat. so make a list of all the little shops you've wanted to visit, and this saturday - go visit. buy something, if you can. And if parking is a problem, don't give up...chances are most people do. oy! and imagine if you got a group of friends together to do this, like a treasure hunt thing, and met up for lunch in a cool little bistro...just imagine!
It really is up to you to keep the storefronts open.