S.O.S. Local Retailers Need Your Support!
In the last two weeks, we have been disheartened by the news of three more Portland businesses closing: Homespun Goods, The Paper Garden, and Henny Penny. These businesses established a niche market in children’s clothing and paper goods for many years, so needless to say, it was a surprise to hear that these shops were closing their doors indefinitely.
It seems like every month we hear of a few more local shops or designers calling it quits. It’s bad enough that the economy has tanked, but then you add new Consumer Product Safety regulations on children’s products that go into effect in a few weeks, and the combination becomes a fatal blow to small businesses focused on handmade and speciality items.
And then there was the December snow in Portland that closed shop doors during the most prime shopping days of the year. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw that the snow plow finally made it down our street to only find that the snow was piled on the parking spaces in front of our building.
Local businesses are in distress and people need to rally around them during these difficult times. Many of us are sinking quickly, and unless customers choose to support these businesses, there will be no more lifelines left. At Olio, we’ve worked around the clock the last few months to continue to provide our customers with a unique shopping experience. And in the next few weeks, we’re throwing three of our biggest events: Online Trunkshow, Bargain Hunting, and the Mens Valentine’s Shopping Night. You can show your support for Olio and other local retailers/vendors by spreading the news and showing up with a friend or two. By banding together, we can help sustain small businesses and independent designers that are making a difference in their local community.