The dinosaur tracks left in our streets by weeks of snow and ice are a daily reminder of just how dreadful our weather has been this winter. Lost school days, missed work, cancelled meetings – all thanks to Mother Nature’s fury.
If you think your life was disrupted, imagine the plight of the small business owner. Stuck at home or peering out shop windows at empty, icy sidewalks are the many entrepreneurs whose overhead never varies, even as their sales slump or disappear.
Whether one person runs the show or there are a dozen employees, local businesses depend on you, their neighbors and customers, to pay their bills, stock inventory, advertise, and hopefully, make a small profit so they can feed their families, too. These folks add color and spice to our otherwise homogenized and corporatized shopping experience.
Think of these good people next time you head out to shop, dine or play. In the immortal words of Chief Seattle, we are all connected.
Dana Busch, managing editor