I never know who reads what I write when I talk about local businesses I patronize and special seasonal things and events I enjoy.
This morning I received a note I would like to share in part:
✒️🎄Hi ! You always have the best suggestions for events and shopping experiences! I wanted to say thank you!
Yesterday my husband and I went to Willowbrook Farms and enjoyed the beauty of Life’s Patina.
We then traveled into Malvern for their Christmas event and had a great time navigating the wonderful stores and meeting their owners!
We went to Brick and Brew and after being told of a 45 min wait- we left and went to Christopher’s and were immediately seated with exceptional food and service (I recalled the blog you once wrote and I agree) .
Anyway thank you for your blog and for helping members of your community enjoy local events, stores and restaurants!🎄🖋
This means a lot to me. As I tell people everytime I write about a business or service or place, good bad or indifferent, I write from the perspective of a regular customer. I am not a compensated blogger.
If I enjoy an event, it’s because I attend it, and not just as a blogging assignment.
Earlier this year I was targeted by someone with a local business because my opinion, based upon my visit as a regular customer, was mixed. They took to the business’s Facebook page about me and then basically allowed anyone and everyone to trash me.
For a few weeks I literally also received obscene and even threatening and harassing messages. (Now those people are not the fault of whomever posted about me on social media from the business. People are just odd keyboard tigers on social media and any excuse will do.) I will also note that when it first happened, I reached out to the business as in telephoned them in an effort to discuss this. But sadly, they never contacted me back. They also amusingly removed comments to them that told them they were out of line or they had also had similar experiences.
When this happened, I also reached out to the appropriate local business association. Twice. Not even an acknowledgement that I contacted them. I also reached out to the group’s president individually because well, they know who I am and family members were customers years ago. No acknowledgement there, either.
I pay it forward by shopping local and dining local. But after my experience this summer, the whole episode made me feel unwelcome where I live.
But this one kind note today made me realize that paying it forward honestly is not a bad thing. These small businesses and events I so enjoy deserve our community support.
So thank you to the note writer for reminding me that nothing can take the place of shopping local.