As more and more non-essential shops begin to reopen over the next few weeks Karl and Lesia, the Kitchen Sisters, who run their burger restaurant at The Bear Hotel, have started a campaign to persuade shoppers to support Marlborough’s independent traders.
Karl told Marlborough.news, “The recent government announcement of the first steps in a phased easing of lockdown restrictions will be welcome news for businesses all across the country. In particular, small businesses who often operate close to the financial edge even in the good times will be looking forward to opening their doors to their local communities once again.
As a small independent Marlborough trader ourselves we know all too well how tough the last couple of months have been. While the large chains have deep pockets and only a bottom line to worry about, for the little guy this is much more personal, the financial threat created by months of little or no trade reaching much closer to home. For many of us, everything is on the line.”
Karl has distributed a Love Local window sticker to all the independent traders in Marlborough. “In itself, a single window sticker might not seem like much. But when every independent trader in Marlborough proudly displays the Love Local window sticker, Marlborough shoppers and diners will see the message over and over again. And, hopefully, some of them might become a little more thoughtful about where they spend their money. And as one of the larger retailers would say, every little helps!”
The Love Local campaign has already gathered a lot of support on social media. Beauty Fulltime, Ducklings Toy Shop, St Peter’s Coffee Shop, Hedge Rose and Robin’s Travel have already put the sticker on display.
“Part of what makes places like Marlborough unique are the small independent traders who give a town much of its flavour,” Karl explained. “The old adage ‘use it or lose it’ has never mattered more than it does now. Unfortunately for us as a restaurant (Kitchen Sisters) we will have to wait that little bit longer before we get back to work.”