Tallahassee’s Local Businesses Need Your Support Now More Than Ever

By Abby Cloud | Photo: Mike Petrucci

Since May of this year, Tallahassee has devastatingly lost numerous local businesses after many owners made the decision to close. These establishments consist of restaurants like Paisley Cafe, Merv’s Melt Shop, GrassLands Brewing Company, The Deck Pizza Pub, and the Downtown Ramen Bar. In addition, Gramling’s, Inc., one of Tallahassee’s older family-owned and operated businesses specializing in gardening supplies and hardware, closed in June as well.

While some of these businesses made the decision to close based off of new opportunities presenting themselves or future plans to re-open a new business with different management, the lack of traffic in local businesses can be alarming for owners and lead to a heartbreaking end.

It is imperative that Tallahassee residents work alongside the local shops and dining options here in town while we still have them. While it can become standard to stop by a locally-owned coffee shop before work, pick up a dessert from a sweet shop around town, or purchase a book from one of Tallahassee’s bookstores, these actions carry a lot more weight for these businesses than we think. As consumers, the nationwide chains and corporations have become go-to options when shopping or eating.

If we want to refrain from mourning the loss of another local business in Tallahassee, we have to step up and let these owners know that they have the community’s support. 

There are numerous ways to participate around town. Local boutiques and shops sell gameday gear and classic southern-centric t-shirts. Tallahassee is home to an infinite amount of local restaurants, breweries, eateries, and dining options, ranging from options for a mid-morning brunch in Cascades Park, a night at the bar in Collegetown, indulging in irresistible desserts in Midtown, and everything in between.

We have multiple farmers markets selling fresh produce and other goods on Saturday mornings in Frenchtown and on Park Avenue. If you are looking to support local talent, Tallahassee musicians and bands perform at venues such as Fifth and Thomas, Junction at Monroe, and Food Truck Thursdays at Lake Ella. 

Small ways to show support to your favorite local businesses include attending events throughout the community, sharing posts on Facebook and Instagram, sharing your good experiences with places around town, and introducing your friends and family to Tallahassee’s hidden local treasures. 

Every action you make has an impact. To help Tallahassee’s local businesses thrive, consider contributing to the community and shop locally— you never know what you might find.

*Views expressed in The Tally Wire’s “Opinion” section are that of each respective author’s and are not reflective of The Tally Wire staff’s views as a whole.


3 thoughts on “Tallahassee’s Local Businesses Need Your Support Now More Than Ever

  1. The community is doing it ourselves. When we fund new development with tax payer money it cripples the old establishments. When the demand is not there we should not try and create it. All the new retail that is coming and that has come via CRA Mo year etc.,, is a disaster. Look what we have created in our older student apartment complexes. Most of the retail that’s coming will fail unless the landlord subsidizes the rent for several years and this competition will cause older retail to fail.


  2. I was a small business owner and know/have known many others and can attest to the fact that locals will swarm to an expensive chain business but do not support local businesses.
    Another two factors that has many brick and mortars reeling are the internet, which is decimating b&m’s, and those that have had their income/sales reduced by 50% or more, commercial rent keeps going up, inventory as well, while profits go down. Many traditional businesses can no longer pull in the sales they used to yet are expected to pay more, it’s simply no longer possible in many cases and we’re seeing businesses close left and right.
    …then factor in Walmarts, which are killing small businesses like Roundup kills weeds, and people. Tallahassee has what? Two, three? No,five, FIVE WALMARTS, that stay busy.
    Very soon it will come to a point when you will want to buy, or need to buy something that used to be readily available at a local store… but the stores that carried said item are gone…and Walmart and Target dont carry them! So the only option will be to order it on the internet and wait 3-5 days or more to receive it. But, but you need it now?!? It’s important, crucial that you have it now?!? Tough shit Sherlock, you now get to do without. It’s already happening.
    What people need to start doing is THINK.


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