It’s that time of
year, month, day again when I encourage you to use your local shops! Regular readers, Facebook followers, random strangers I grab in the street, will know I love local shops.
I know I’m incredibly lucky. In my town, we have a greengrocer, several fantastic gift shops which are supplied by local artisans, a community shop which was ahead of the curve on sustainable/plastic-free produce, a deli/refill shop, and – of course – a bookshop!
These are the same shops that sadly had to close in March and are slowly unfurling themselves into the height of summer. It’s a challenge, and it’ll be a challenge for a while longer. There are many schemes to help businesses recover – some are mentioned and never heard of again, and some are lost in a deluge of other announcements. But some seem to have some traction.
I was particularly excited, recently, by the National Book Token’s High Five for Bookshops initiative to help bring customers back to independent bookshops.
I popped in for a book, and came out with a book and £5 off my next one. How cool is that!
It’s a little less straightforward than using a normal gift token, so if you happen upon one, make sure you follow the instructions so your indie shop benefits. It took a couple of minutes to enter the code online and select the bookshop which had given me the voucher. No signing up or logging in. I’ve already ordered the book I’m going to buy, but it’s not out until August 😦
How is your town/city faring now lock down is easing? Are you venturing out, or remaining home a while longer?
Personally, I’m hanging around my local area. I don’t plan on travelling anywhere just yet. I’m pretty confident that our town’s infection rates are low and residents are adhering to social distancing protocols. I even sat inside a coffee shop the other day, which felt weird after so long… But the mocha I had was beyond perfection!