It will be quite some time before we know the true economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s sure to leave a mark. You don’t need to be an economist to know that the survival of small businesses is key to the health of our economy, and it’s heartening to see that people are making an effort to shop local when they can. We could sit back and mourn the likely loss of people’s livelihood, or we can make a real effort to patronize more places to help keep them afloat.
As small business owners ourselves, we know the fear and uncertainty that can come when business slows down and projections for the year are no longer reliable. While we are doing our part by ordering carryout meals from restaurants, we wanted to do more. Steve decided to use his social media as a platform to highlight local businesses and it has been great fun, and an encouragement to the business owners. Many of these places were new to us and we are excited to support them. Below is a list of the businesses he has interviewed and a little bit about them. If you want to see the interviews in their entirety, visit our business page at www.facebook.com/mcilvainehometeam.
The Quilters Studio
9600 Main St L, Fairfax, VA.
Local fabric store that supports customers with quality fabric and sewing supplies, as well as classes during normal times. Maybe you’ve dreamed up some new projects while at home this Spring? Visit the shop and feel good about supporting a local business. www.quiltersstudiova.com
3000 Annandale Rd, Falls Church, VA.
Long-time, family owned restaurant featuring Greek, Italian and American specialities. They are a fixture in Falls Church and unfortunately have seen business drop astronomically. They do a great carry-out dinner – check them out online and order today!
Crepes & Karak Cafe
80 Cedar Ln Se, Vienna, VA.
Crepes & Karak Café launched as the first coffeehouse with distinct exclusive offerings including authentic Karak Chai and Chapati, along with a variety of crepes and beverages.
107 Church St NE, Vienna, VA.
An independent coffeehouse and artisan roastery. They are offering online ordering for pickup and delivery/shipping, as well as virtual education. www.caffeamouri.com.
2217 Old Bridge Rd,
Family owned Lebanese restaurant that specializes in amazing garlic whip, hummus and other fare that they’ve been selling at some local farmer’s markets for the past few years. www.laylas.net.
Falls Church, VA.
Local landscaping company servicing Northern VA. We recently used them to clean up around the Camelot Community Pool and they did a great job. www.weilers-lawn.com.