First, don't see RE/MAX associated with us and think we're Big Business. While our brokerage is a big name, Liz and me? We're independent contractors who pay to be affiliated with the brand name. We're definitely a small business, working hard to take care of our clients. You hire us, you get US. Those agents with a ton of furry critters and a handful of beehives in our backyard :)
And in coronavirus times we've watched many small businesses get hurt badly by the shelter-in-place requirements. We're truly blessed because my engineering job easily allows me to work from home, and while real estate business is off a bit, we're able to keep working there too.
And for the most part, we were already prepared for the shelter-in-place because we're fortunate enough to be able to prepare. The essentials are pretty much always in place with the exception of some perishables.
The one thing that is even more apparent than ever over the last couple of months is just how fragile a small business can be. Margins are thin for many mom & pop type places, and when government shuts small business doors, the bills don't stop. More than one restaurant and local small business has announced they're permanently closed.
Some city councils are doing what they can to support their local businesses, others have political in-fighting going on for weeks (so far) with no clear path to actually HELPING the small businesses that are in dire straits.
And another thing we've noticed? The big box stores are struggling with their supply chains. Only recently has TP been becoming regularly available again. And for a bit, milk, eggs, bread and other daily staples were cleared off the shelves, and some things are still not back.
But you know who isn't having the same troubles as the Big Box stores? Local small business farms and suppliers that we probably should have been using before, but hadn't. And with some of our favorite restaurants taking a time-out, we've tried some others that are still offering take-out. Tonight, Mae Ploy's Thai restaurant in downtown Lebanon provided us some great food for dinner.
You want pure maple syrup? Turns out a family (literally) just around the corner from our home produces maple syrup. We've now got a quart each of Grade A Amber, Dark, & Very Dark. We'll figure out which one we like best and restock as we need it.
Produce? There are local farms and CSAs that provide options that we think you'll enjoy.
Meat? Local butcher shops are staying busy since they're locally sourced and not dependent upon the large national chains to supply them.
Or you can go straight to local farms to find high quality pasture fed, antibiotic-free, hormone free pork or beef. And in general, you'll find their prices comparable (or even better) than the national chains offer.
So take a look around, there are probably some great small businesses you can help through these times. We think you'll like what you find (we have) and become a long term customer.
Serving Greater Cincinnati home buyers and sellers,
Bill & Liz aka BLiz