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Businesses urge shoppers to dine and buy local this holiday season

Businesses urge shoppers to dine and buy local this holiday season
Posted at 12:50 AM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 00:50:19-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Businesses are hopeful to bounce back.

The holiday shopping season is kicking off soon, and so many businesses are still in recovery after the first shutdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

"It's been a roller coaster as it has for everybody." Said operating partner of the Railroad Square Craft House Justine Spells.

That's the feeling for business owners across the state and the Big Bend since the start of The Coronavirus Pandemic.

Many still businesses are still struggling 9 months later, but places like The Railroad Square Crafthouse are determined to make it through, with safety top of mind.

"Our tables are still at a minimum six feet apart, but most of the time they're eight to ten feet apart." Said Spells. "We ask that everyone when they're sitting outdoors when they're up and moving that they continue to wear their mask"

As we approach the holiday season ... there's another push to support local businesses.

"When you shop local you're actually keeping the money within your own city, so when your going to these local places, you're not just helping out a mom-and-pop shop, you're helping keep the money more local than when you go to big box retailers." Said Spells.

During the peak of the pandemic, Olde Fields switched to online ordering, along with being shut down for the entire summer...

"We sell some vintage, and hand made items, and we screenprint all of our t-shirts." Said owner Holly Galotti.

"I think this holiday season it's just super important to keep the places we love to go to open." Said Galotti. "It's really the only way."

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is small business Saturday, where you're encouraged to shop or dine at local businesses and resturaunts.