HEADLAND, Ala. (WDHN) — With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and holiday season right around the corner, many people are concerned with shopping in stores, but local shop owners in Headland believe shopping local is better.
“Shopping local helps our small business tremendously,” Diann’s Florist owner Susan Lanton said. “We appreciate all of our local shoppers, going to the big box stores, here you get customer service, you get complimentary gift wrap. We’re always here our doors are always open.”
Lanton said that they have been fortunate through the pandemic because so many have stayed and shopped at her store.
District 37, another store, said they had to shut down, but customers still bought from their store.
They say that by shopping local, you don’t have to worry about large crowds and that shopping local helps the whole community.
“Local stores are usually the ones who are going to support your kid’s ball teams,” District 37 co-owner Brittney Tomlin said. “They’re the ones who are gonna donate a gift to a Christmas pageant so it’s just helping the local economy.”
Tomlin said that their store is taking precautions because of the virus, and Diann’s Florist said they’re also taking precautions.
“We’re being protective, we’re sanitizing, wearing masks and just trying to keep everything safe for everyone,” Lanton said.