Piggybacking off yesterday’s post . . .
It seems odd to me that seeds are considered non-essential, but here’s the thing:
There are small businesses and mom-and-pop places that sell seeds, toys, pet supplies, etc. which have been told to close because they are not essential businesses.
Here comes the big box store selling groceries and with a bank and a pharmacy, but also selling furniture and craft paint and clothes and car parts and camping supplies and toys and gardening supplies. Customers can go in the store because groceries and pharmacy are essential, but they can buy this other stuff as well.
Small businesses say, if it’s not essential for me to sell, then it’s not essential for them to sell. Or, to put it the other way, if WalMart can sell seeds as an essential business, then so can Ruibal’s. (By the way, Ruibal’s at Farmers Market in Dallas has one of my favorite shop cats. Just saying.) It’s not fair to close Ruibal’s and allow WalMart to do that kind of business. It basically puts the little guy out of business while allowing the behemoth to benefit from picking up the slack.
So in some places — because this seems to be by location, not a federal mandate — you will find big box stores with different departments closed.
I hadn’t really thought how bad this lockdown is for small businesses, but now that it’s come to my attention, I can see it.
And I am a fan of small businesses, I want to see them survive this event.