No matter where you live, small, local businesses are the heart and soul of any community. They brighten our neighbourhoods, bring us together, and are woven into the fabric of our economy. But with COVID-19 changing our world almost overnight, it has hit small businesses the hardest. Lockdown restrictions have forced many to struggle just to hold on, and many have had to close up shop for good. That’s why it’s more important than ever to rally up and do whatever we can to help them power through and make it to the other side of this pandemic.
Here are a few ways we can support our local businesses during these unpredictable and challenging times.
The restaurant industry has taken one of the biggest hits during this pandemic, but there are simple ways you can help support them. Many cafes and restaurants have adapted by offering takeout and delivery options to help keep their operations afloat. Whether it’s once a week when you don’t feel like cooking or even once a month, order from your favourite spot or discover new local spots that you haven’t tried yet to show them some love.
Buy a Gift Card
Every business is different, and there are various ways to support them, depending on the industry and options available. Even small actions go a long way, like purchasing a gift card. This gives you the ability to buy now and enjoy it later once restrictions lift. If a loved one or friend has a birthday or celebration coming up, consider getting them a gift card to a local business.
Opt for a Service
It can be extra challenging to balance work life with home maintenance and family time. If you’re struggling to keep up with all of the home maintenance tasks in between the hectic days, opt for a service from a local business. For example, you could hire a landscaping company to take care of the lawn and yard work this year. By doing this, you’ll be helping a local business while freeing up more of your time to focus on your priorities.
Not ready to take on the spring maintenance of your landscape? Get in touch with our team at Hansen Lawn & Garden. We’ve been assisting residents for over 30 years and have grown to become one of Ottawa’s most reputable landscape companies. Contact us today!