LAKELAND, FL — Small businesses have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, making Small Business Saturday in 2020 more vital than ever. This year, the all-local shopping event falls on Nov. 28 including in Lakeland
Independently owned boutiques, gift shops, mom-and-pop hardware stores, restaurants and the like in Lakeland are facing unprecedented challenges due to coronavirus-related restrictions and shutdowns.
The list of Small Business Saturday participants continues to grow, despite the pandemic. Here’s some of the businesses that have signed up so far:
Mojo Lakeland Que, 130 South Tennessee Ave.
Cke*Black & Brew, 205 E Main St.
Intouch Gps, 439 S Florida Ave.
Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St.
Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi, 114 N Tennessee Ave, Ste 101
Cob & Pen, 1221 S Florida Ave.
Patio 850, 850 S Tennessee Ave.
Chop Shop Bar & Grill, 118 S Kentucky Ave.
Cafe Roti, 116 South Tennessee Avenue
Southside Cleaners - Launderers S, 901 S Florida Ave.
Taco Bus, 126 S Kentucky Ave.
Lakeland Center I, 228 S Massachusetts Ave.
Purple Onion Deli-Grill, 316 N Kentucky Ave.
The Joinery, 640 E Main St.
Linksters Tap Room, 209 East Main Street
La Imperial Bakery, 830 E Main St.
Sabu Ramen,640 E Main St.
Cozy Oaks Restaurant, 1201 E Orange St.
Ato Lakeland, 640 E Main St.
Super Duper Spot, 640 E Main St.
Ava Restaurant, 640 E Main St.
Screamn Tuna, 270 E Bay St.
Bay Street Bistro, 211 E Bay St.
The Yard On Mass, 802 N Massachusetts Ave.
Union Hall, 1023 S Florida Ave.
Mister Fish, 715 E Palmetto St.
Payne Air Conditioning, 1048 E Oleander St.
Salt & Fire Food Lab, 115 W Pine St.
Silver Ring Cafe, 106 N Tennessee Ave.
Good Thyme, Dixieland Mall Ln.
Foshee Jewelers, E Parker St.
Bomar Trophy Shop, 1051 S Florida Ave.
Explorations V Children's Museum, 109 N Kentucky Ave.
Amelia Paige Boutique, 223 N Kentucky Ave.
Subs 'N Such, 1008 S Florida Ave.
Skate World, 911 N Lake Parker Ave.
Flowers By Edith, 229 S Florida Ave.
The Lighting Hut, 230 N Ingraham Ave.
Cement Products & Supply Co., 516 W Main St.
Lakeland Blueprint & Supply, 411 S Florida Ave.
1026 Soflo, 1026 S. Florida Avenue
Dixieland Relics, 949 S Florida Ave.
Visual Sports Tpa, 213 S Tyler Ave.
The Pink Piano, 1015 S Florida Ave.
The Balance Culture, 1035 S Florida Ave, Ste 200
Coliseum Of Comics, 121 S Kentucky Ave.
Teachers Exchange, 801 S Florida Ave, Ste 5
Traditions Unlimited, 221 N Kentucky Ave.
Escapology, 210 East Pine Street
Rs Petro Lake, 825 S Florida Ave.
The General Store, 926 E. Oleander St.
Jenkins Motorsports, 325 S Lake Parker Ave.
Main Light Events, 625 Parson Ave.
Ideal Image Of Lakeland, 801 S Florida Ave, Ste 8
Central Glass Company, 302 N Ingraham Ave.
Boring Business Systems, 950 E Main St.
Cannon's Appliance Services, 1415 E Parker St.
Hookah Palace, 122 South Kentucky Ave.
Morningstar Fleet Services,445 Peoples Ln.
Bps Lakeland, 1453 E Gary Rd.
Wallys, 1136 E Main St.
Low Country Vintage, 913 S Florida Ave.
J2g International, 304 E Pine St, Ste 146
Hall Communications, 404 W Lime St.
Jesse Carl Vinyl, 304 N Kentucky Avenue
Utopia Studios, 854 South New York Ave.
Clark Campbell Lancas, 500 S Florida Ave, Ste 800
Florida Dance Theatre, 305 W Main St.
T A Slammers, 1011 S Florida Ave.
Meisner Paint & Body, 925 N Massachusetts Ave.
Best Motel Lakeland, 601 E Memorial Blvd.
Joes Tax Service, 853 S New York Ave.
Evolve Hair Studio, 126 E Main St.
Custom Glass & Doors, 906 E. Rose St.
Colorado Boxed Beef, 330 N Ingraham Ave.
Primo Classic International, 611 Alicia Road
Downtown Diner, 126 W Main St.
Creative Refinishing, 1041 E Rose Street
360 Unlimited, 911 S Florida Ave.
Swift`s Shoe Repair, 1115 S Florida Ave.
Cheatham Goleno & Ferguson CPA,726 S Missouri Ave.
Thompson's Auto Clinic, 127 Lake Parker Avenue
Troiano & Roberts, 317 S Tennessee Ave.
Samantha Your Skin Angel, 1035 S Fla Ave.
Wilson Electric Co, 230 N Ingraham Ave.
Hutto & Associates, 842 S Missouri Ave.
Jenkins Lincoln-Mercury, 941 E Main St.
Medi Health Care, 401 Bartow Rd.
The Raven Faerie, 201 Frank Lloyd Wright Way
All About Blinds, 817 N Lake Parker Ave.
Monk Law Firm, 1102 Florida Ave. S
Magnolia Popcorn Company & Sweet Shoppe, 225 N Kentucky Ave.
Paul's Plumbing, 120 Frank Lloyd Wright Way
Medliving Healthcare, 122 E. Main St.
I Pathology, 705 N Lake Parker Ave.
Crystal Gaze, 213 Frank Lloyd Wright Way
R & B Enterprises, 1520 E Gary Rd.
Bee Good To You, 110 East Pine Street
Brush & Coyle Pa, 825 E Main St.
ALSO ON PATCH: The Lakeland Business Guide.
Did we miss anyone in Lakeland? Tell us in the comments or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to the list.
Temporary closures, capacity restrictions, decreased demand for products and services and delays due to supply-chain issues have led to unprecedented challenges for small-business owners.
But the “Shop Small” movement continues amid these hardships.
“This holiday season looks a little different, but we can still share joy,” American Express, which established Small Business Saturday in 2010, said in a statement. “Shop small and support your favorite small businesses — both in store and online — all holiday season long.”
Sixty-two percent of small businesses in the United States need to see sales income return to the same rate it was pre-pandemic before the end of the year to stay in business, according to American Express.
These businesses, many family-owned, were already fighting for survival against malls, big box stores and online retailers before the pandemic.
“Small businesses have an immeasurable effect on the quality of life in neighborhoods by providing necessary resources and supporting a local ecosystem that includes charitable organizations, schools and churches,” said Caroline Connors, executive director of the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association, an organization that supports small businesses on the South Side of Chicago.
Since 2010, local business supporters have spent more than $100 billion on Small Business Saturday, according to American Express.
A Shop Small Consumer Impact survey from American Express before the pandemic found that 73 percent of people think empty storefronts are a national issue, and 84 percent agree the increase in empty storefronts and the closing of small, independently owned businesses negatively affect their local communities.
The survey showed that when consumers are aware of the impact of spending their dollars locally, 75 percent said they would be more likely to purchase a product or service from small, independently owned businesses.
For every dollar spent at a U.S. small business, approximately 67 cents stays in the local community, according to American Express. This helps independent shops and restaurants keep their doors open and meet pay for their workers — your neighbors.
That amounts to about $67 billion that has stayed in local communities since Small Business Saturday began, according to American Express.
“With so many small businesses hit hard in 2020, it’s more important than ever to shop locally this holiday season to ensure they are able to continue operating in 2021,” Connors said.