Most local businesses are suffering these days, and many will close permanently as a result of the COVID-19 lockdowns. These businesses are run by your friends and neighbours, and their loss would change Greater Victoria. We have asked local business people to describe what they are facing.
A commentary by the owner and operator of Catawampus Fudge and Funk.
Let me introduce myself. I am the face of small business that is struggling all over Victoria.
Many, like myself, cannot receive government funding. I have no employees. I am not incorporated. I have been open and maintaining a very small cash flow.
I have chosen to protect my business from permanent closure by staying open during this trying time, making ends meet the only way I know how — serving my customers.
It is not mandatory in B.C. for all small business to close. I am following all stipulations and protocols put into place in order to remain open.
My business might not be essential to you, but it is to me.
So before you shame me and others, know your facts.
We do not want to lose the vibrancy and uniqueness that come from our small businesses downtown. Online shopping could potentially wipe out the need to visit these establishments in the future.
So if you see a door open and you can help, do so!
Every sale, every positive gesture, your support and horn honks as you drive by will aid in building our economy back to the thriving community we are all a part of, locals and tourists alike.
We are all in this together and I hope, with your support, that I and many others are still standing in the end.