EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke held a news conference with community business leaders Friday morning.
COVID-19 has had a major economic impact on small businesses in Evansville. Many of them are owned by everyday people who work hard to make a living and serve the community.
“Locally owned business, owned by two women, me and my sister - we support a lot of small families that work for us,” Cate Sisco, owner of Piece of Cake bakery on Main Street said.
Many places like Sisco’s bakery offer online ordering, gift cards and curbside service to remain safe while customers support them. The Southwest Indiana Chamber and Evansville Mayor’s Office say that local citizens need to support small businesses this holiday season.
“Pick three restaurants that you want to visit next year, and go out and support them now,” Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer said.
“If everyone just spends $10 a week in our local market, we are going to create hundreds of thousands of dollars, probably millions of dollars of money in the pockets of the families and businesses that make up our community,” Tara Barney of the Southwest Indiana Chamber said.
Retail shops are no different. Customers can have their items from Outside the Gift Box ordered online and delivered right to their door.
“We try to carry unique items that you might not find in your big box stores,” Tracy Klemczewski, owner of Outside the Gift Box said. “We’ve seen a lot of people coming out to support us, so we are thrilled with that.”
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many consumers to choose online shopping this holiday season anyways. Mayor Winnecke says that people might as well shop online, and shop locally when they do.
“Let’s support our local businesses and let’s do it safely by going online,” he said.
You can watch the full news conference in the video below.