Almanack Contributor Lauren Richard

Lauren Richard

Lauren Richard is the artisan programs coordinator at Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA).


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Buy Local or Bye-Bye Local

It’s so easy to go to a huge online retailer, order everything I need, and have it show up at my door. Especially now when I don’t really want to go into stores in person. I can’t tell you how many times over the last few weeks I’ve loaded up my online shopping cart, only to abandon it again…

Because. BECAUSE. They don’t need my money. You know who does. I know you know.

Who doesn’t love a small business? I think we all want them to be here in the future.  Many local businesses have new ways of serving their customers. There’s online ordering, curbside pickup, delivery or shipping available. We’re all learning and adjusting. These entrepreneurs are out there, coming up with new ideas and working to meet the changing demands of their customers and the shifting landscape of regulations and guidelines.

It has been a trying year for everyone. If we each put a little time, effort and care into meeting our needs locally — as each of us is able to manage — our collective support of small businesses will make a big difference in our communities.

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