Looking Out For Small Businesses In COVID-19's Wake

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

Lebanon Ohio's The Village Ice Cream ParlorBelieve whatever you choose in regards to COVID-19.  Completely overblown?  Or necessarily prudent so we can look back on this later and know everything that needed done was done to prevent an even worse scenario.

Earlier today Governor DeWine closed bars and restaurants starting at 9 p.m. tonight.  Carryout and Delivery are still allowed, but no in-house dining.  This is just the next step in limiting large gatherings and flattening the curve.

Obviously this is going to hurt a lot of small business owners, and even franchise owners, and of course their employees. 

And in our local area there are several places that just opened in the last few weeks, so without an established customer base I'd expect it to be even tougher.

But even with the news freshly delivered, I'm noticing many mom and pop restaurants pivoting quickly and adapting.  Of course for the pizza places, this is mostly a minor disruption since the closures match up well with their existing business models.

But other places I wouldn't typically think of as candidates for take-out or delivery are already announcing changes, especially if they weren't already Door Dash or Grubhub type places.

Lebanon's classic The Village Ice Cream Parlor has posted that they'll meet customers in the parking lot with their orders.

Oregonia's Little Miami River Cafe has announced they'll deliver within a 10 mile radius.

We're seeing other restaurants post about evaluating their menus and adapting for take-out where possible.

Now I know many people don't think they need to tip anything at all for take-out (not a sentiment I agree with, but it's your money and your choice), but if you want to help out the employees that you can bet are taking a big hit to their paychecks, bump your tips up beyond what you'd normally do.  You want to help the owner?  Buy a gift certificate to use later.  That'll help cash flow in the short term.

As a small business ourselves we wish the best to everyone impacted by the latest changes.

Serving Greater Cincinnati home buyers and sellers,

Bill & Liz

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill- Once again, America steps up. We all have to do what we can in any way that we can. When we were out Friday for lunch we made sure to leave a more than usual tip. 

Mar 15, 2020 05:41 PM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Liz and Bill - even in difficult times, creativity steps up and shines bright.  

Mar 16, 2020 05:09 AM #2
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I am the Realtor for a Property Management company. We are expecting a large impact on people's ability to pay their rent next month. My heart breaks for all of those little stores that will have such a difficult time surviving this. Thanks for your post.

Mar 16, 2020 07:22 AM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Some people don’t want to test the waters and I totally understand that. Supporting small business even if socially distanced is still good. :)

Mar 17, 2020 09:14 PM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’ve heard that they’re trying to universal basic income for like three months. Mimi Foster

Mar 17, 2020 09:15 PM #5
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