With the growing concern over the spreading of the COVID-19 virus, the State of Michigan has given mandates that have closed schools, cancelled events, and limited the number of people that are able to gather in one place. This is an unprecedented event in our lifetimes, and information is still coming out on an almost hourly basis. Everyone's number one priority should be to stay safe and follow the recommended precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus. Contact the Calhoun County Health Department for the latest information on the appropriate procedures.
In the meantime, we need to look after our friends and neighbors. Many of our businesses in the Albion area are small, locally owned establishments that rely on our patronage to stay open. We are all too familiar with the hardships that come from just Superior St. being closed for extended periods. This current situation will be affecting everyone. It will take our entire community to make sure we all come out on the other side of this.
The Greater Albion Chamber recommends the following ways to support our local businesses during this tough time:
Purchase a Gift Card
Many of our local businesses offer gift cards or gift certificates. This will put money in their hand right now to get them through this uncertain time. Buy one for you, your family, and your friends, and it will feel like a treat when you use it later!
Buy a Membership
We also have businesses that offer memberships or clubs. Again, this will provide some immediate income for a business now, and allow you to take advantage of some rewards later. Ask your favorite business if they have a membership or loyalty club option. (These make great gifts, too!)
If you're worried about leaving the house, check to see if your favorite business has an online store. Often times, their regular products and gift cards can be purchased online. You can also give them a call and see if they can take your order over the phone.
Fewer people will be going out, so servers and service providers will see fewer customers come through their doors. Increasing your tip by a few percentage points will go a long way in lightening the burden for our service industry. Odds are, they'll remember that the next time you come in!
We get it: it's going to get rough before it gets better. Everyone is dealing with the same circumstances and trying to make sense of what's happening in real time. Let's all be understanding of the situation and exercise some patience and compassion when out shopping or eating. They might be short staffed, and it may take a little longer to get served. We're all doing our best, and kindness will go a long way. (This is applicable forever!)
Our business community has been there for us all these years, it's time we make sure that we take care of them. Continue to support our local establishments so they can continue to support us for many more years to come. And above all else, please stay safe.
Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce