Happy June! At this point, it has been over 70 days since a “Stay At Home” order was put in place in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Although many of us can agree that the protection of all North Carolinians was the primary goal of the “Stay At Home” order, it is no secret that many small businesses were significantly impacted by the restrictions. Historic Downtown Wilson businesses demonstrated the resiliency I have come to expect from native and transplanted Wilsonians. Many of our business owners immediately made the “pivot” and began adopting previously unexplored practices to help serve their customers while abiding by the statewide guidelines. For example, many downtown businesses launched new online formats to make it easier to shop with them online or by phone, some businesses expanded their offerings to meet the health and convenience needs of their customers, and others increased collaboration with their neighbors to help support each other through revenue losses and general uncertainty.
Fortunately, we are now well into Phase 2 of easing statewide restrictions and most of our business owners have been able to reopen their doors or resume in-person services. If you are hesitant or unable to support at the level or frequency that they were prior to the pandemic, there are several ways to support downtown businesses:
We can ALL do our part to shop smart while supporting local businesses. With your help, we can prevent closures of small business in downtown and across our community!