Hey everyone and happiest of June months!
Today we’d like to shed light on a new topic that we feel is extremely important as we approach the weekend. This blog is a little different as it takes a new angle than most of the blogs we’ve shared, nevertheless, we felt the need to use our voice to highlight a very important matter!
Before we begin, how are you feeling about the transition from Spring to Summer? Have you spent a lot of your spare time outside? Lots of R&R over the last few weeks in your backyard? Dusted off the old bbq? For most people, as Summer approaches and as the world slowly creeps back to some form of normalcy, our spirits are lifted, there is a sense of ease and hope, and this summer specifically, there is a strong sense of belonging as outdoor gatherings and get-togethers ramp back up again.
Yes, there is a lot to be hopeful for as we spend more time doing the things we love with friends and family, even if it’s from a distance. However, this Friday, June 11th, the province of Ontario (where wrksroucing HQ is located) declared the reopening of businesses in hospitality; restaurants and retail, keeping in mind capacity of course.
Honestly, we see this reopening as both good news and bad news. It is great news for restaurants and the industry as a whole- those who get to reopen and finally start generating some form of company revenue (heck, it’s been long enough…) but it’s also really unsettling for restaurant owners who were forced to close down over the last year. If you know of a restaurant owner or employee who lost their job amidst the pandemic, or unfortunately had to close their small business, check in and see how they’re doing.
Even for the restaurants that were able to stay afloat, the next few months will without a doubt be a tough transition for most food and beverage employees- whether it’s the service/kitchen staff, management, or the owners. Adjusting back to the chaotic atmosphere of the industry isn’t going to be seamless by nature. As exciting as it is that we’ll have the chance to sit on a patio with a souped up margarita and authentic Mexican tacos in hand, we need to keep in mind the pressure that a lot of these restaurants are under as they reopen and reconcile customer relationships over the next few months.
Now, how can we support the reopening of local restaurants and retail companies? At wrksourcing, we are all about supporting businesses and providing exceptional assistance to the companies who need it most. We really want to emphasize how important it is and how even a small gesture when supporting local can actually make a huge difference this year. Let’s make a conscious effort to make sure hospitality workers are left feeling respected and appreciated for their hard work this summer.
Check it out: A few friendly reminders when you’re out for patio beverages this summer OR checking out the awesome local stores/small businesses in your hometown:
We also understand those that don’t want to spend time on a patio this summer or, subsequently, are trying to save money this year. Here are a few tips for supporting local without having to navigate the crowds or spending a ton of moolah:
A little insight from the wrksourcing team when it comes to take-out at restaurants.. TIP on your takeout! Amidst a busy rush at dinner, you would be surprised how much effort it takes to put together your order and make sure it’s ready to go on time upon your arrival.
Lastly, ask local businesses what you can do to support their business, even if it isn’t lucrative for them. Letting them know that you want to help is enough for them to digest in their busy day.
I know over the last year we’ve heard it on a ton of platforms, and even the News did a decent job at shedding light on supporting local. But if there is any right time to support it’s NOW… as companies start to reopen and try to overcome the financial barriers that come with being closed for so long due to COVID-19.
We’ll be choosing local business to shout out moving forward into the months of summer.
Stay tuned for a a few of our favourite local companies we want to shed some light on. For now, go to your favourite spots and shops and support away!
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