LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Can Tallahassee reward itself a gold medal for the local small business boom claimed by The New Small Business Boom Under the Biden Harris Administration 2021? Or did Tallahassee earn itself a meager participation ribbon for 2021?
While Tallahassee prides itself for promoting initiatives that support local small businesses, Tallahassee has suffered a net loss of so many small business restaurant treasures in 2021. Tallahassee disappeared Cabos, closed Cypress, depth charged The Fisherman’s Wife, and snuffed out Jim & Milt’s.
Will Tallahassee mourn the loss of these family restaurant small businesses? Will Tallahassee wake up before more small business treasures close down, before more shutter their doors, before more faithful employees lose more service jobs, and before more Tallahassee entrepreneurs have suffered.
Can we band together and stop the blood loss? Can we save the lifeblood of our Tallahassee community by spending our dollars as if our small business neighbors depend upon us?
How many Tallahassee small businesses would be saved if Tallahasseeans say no more spending our money at bigger chains, national restaurants, bigger box stores, and bigger tech titan shippers? Imagine if Tallahasseeans consciously supported our local entrepreneurs and their front line service employees by voting with our money everyday?
If we refuse to fully support Tallahassee small businesses by buying local, then Tallahassee should simply say “bye bye” local.
By Eddie Agramonte and Jeremy Cohen