And today there was a post of Why are so many small businessess closing?
I needed to post!
So here is my 2 cents:
This really hits close to home with me so I had to comment.
First of all, Carolyn, It was sad to hear the news that you are closing. For me, as a store owner myself, The news when stores in the same business as mine really are hard to take.
We love what we do and what we allow others to do, create and grow as an artist. This is what keeps me going.
So the question, Why are so many stores closing?
The economy has something to do with it. We are being more selective on our purchases and It is hard to compete with the big box stores on prices.
What the small stores offer is customer service, learning opportunities and people who share the same interests not only staff but those who come to workshops, classes and shop at the small stores. It is the whole package that the small stores offer.
Yes, you may be able to get an item a little cheaper at the big box stores but if you spend your money with them you are taking away from your small store that really relies on that sale to keep the doors open. Remember, that when you are clipping out your coupons this Sunday!
As for small stores offering discounts.......... It is really hard to do that. The larger stores get items sooo much less than we do that they can offer discounts and it is does not cut as much as into their profits as it would a small store.
I have to laugh at the word profits. To a small store that really means, money to pay the rent & expenses.
So, Shop small business and know your money is supporting the stores that really matter.
This goes for any type of business: art gallery, gift boutique, clothing store, insurance, whatever.
This is the beginning of the next phase of your life! We thank you for all that you have given to the Chicago community! And know you are appreciated!