Help Support Our Locally Owned Businesses in SWLA

COVID-19 is not only devastating to workers who have been sent home during this Pandemic but is also devastating to our locally owned small family businesses. We want these locally owned businesses to survive this trial so that our people will have a place to return to work. There are many reasons to support our local businesses and restaurants. Both their workers and the businesses are our friends and family here in SWLA.

As part of my blog, I will be featuring small, family owned SWLA businesses. I hope you will read about our local businesses and get to know our SWLA family “members”.

“Most independent businesses are run by people – not by boards, not by stockholders, not by algorithms. And so you get a different kind of care and quality in their product because their work is a reflection of themselves. Instead of focusing on the next market they’re expanding into or the next round of funding they’re raising, they’re focusing on the details and being the best they can be.” – Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur (co-founders – Of a Kind).

“Choosing to support an independent business is an act of respect; it’s acknowledging the tremendous risk and challenges inherent to starting your own thing.” – Matt Kliegman (co-founder – The Smile, The Smile To Go, Black Seed Bagels)

“Independent business bring originality and variety in a world that’s becoming increasingly homogenized.” – Craig Costello (Artist and founder, KRINK).“You want to shop and live near places that actually mean things to people; places that have a real effect on communities. You can feel when someone really cares about the neighborhood they’re running a business in.” – Sandeep Salter (co-founder – Picture Room and Goods for the Study)

“Independent businesses make neighborhoods healthy; they ground them.” – Bernie Telsey (founder – Telsey + Company).

“Independent businesses give cities their shape, texture, color, and taste…often literally.” – Hasan Minhaj (comedian, correspondent – The Daily Show).

“Independent businesses feel like home.” – Yasmin Daguilh and Mackenzie Gleason (creative content producer – Alice & Olivia / head bartender – The Wayland).

Quotes from, 43 ReasonsYou Should Support Small And Independent Businesses)


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