We are living in dark days. These are hard times for us all; teachers can’t teach, the shelves at the grocery stores are bare, the dinner tables are set for two or less. We are asked to come together, by staying apart. Many of us will ask ourselves while we sit at home waiting for the world to mend itself, “What can I do?” What you can and should do is shop locally. While that might seem so simple, or scary depending on where you find yourself financially, it is one of the most important things you can do for your community without risking your health or the wellbeing of others.
Montreal is a city defined by its uniqueness and what defines our uniqueness are our small local businesses. At Bon Vivant, we are proudly Montréalais, we design and make our products locally and we make them with the highest quality materials possible. Just like the great restaurants in our city who source the best local ingredients, or the bakery on the corner who makes their bread with local flour, we do this to serve our communities. Our small businesses are structured with you in mind. We make our choices not in an attempt to enrich ourselves, we make the choice to work with and empower local suppliers and businesses because it means we can offer you a better product. It also means that when you support a small local business like ours, you’re supporting all the small businesses we work with. It means they can keep their doors open, they can afford to pay their employees and you can keep looking good while contributing to the maintenance of your local economy.
More than that, shopping locally is good for everyone, including you. Simply put, when you shop locally more money stays within the community. I think we can all agree that in these trying times, we could use a bit of extra cash. David Boyle, an economist, once compared money to blood, “It needs to keep moving around to keep the economy going," When our money is spent elsewhere—at big supermarkets, foreign businesses or massive conglomerates of any type—"it flows out, like a wound." It would seem that out of fear, for our households or for our financial security, we’re spending the resources our community so desperately needs in the wrong places. When you spend your money locally the money circles around, meaning that employees that are still working can get paid and they can then spend their money locally. In turn, this builds a larger tax base, and that means the most vulnerable members of our society can continue to get healthcare services funded by our tax dollars. It also means that those unable to work can still rely on unemployment cheques all because you bought a locally made shirt, or a nice pair of pants. It’s a simple thing you can do that has a huge impact.
Get your groceries from a small business, get a pizza delivered from a restaurant that’s had to shut its doors. If you have the means, use them to benefit our community, it will benefit you in the end. Shop locally. We can’t stress it enough. The Big Box stores will come out fine on the other end of all this, we, the small businesses of Montreal, may not, unless we can count on you. Spending your money locally keeps the community alive, it’s the places we shop at and eat at that makes our city feel like home. Boyle, that economist from earlier, said something so important, “It's not about how much money you've got, but how much you can keep circulating without letting it leak out." Let’s try and keep as much of it as we can. From all of us at Bon Vivant, we wanted to add one last thing,
Ça va bien aller!