Supporting Local Business as We Come Closer to Reopening

While everyone is hopeful that, slowly but surely, Illinois and the rest of the country will see its businesses reopen, and life return to normal. In the meantime, our local businesses are in sore need of our support. Many of our local eateries and shops are hanging in there because the people of Marshall, Illinois, as a community are doing what they can to help them survive the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We all miss breakfast, lunches, and dinners out at our favorite restaurants, browsing at local shops, enjoying cocktails with friends and coworkers, and attending club meetings and events. We are a town that loves to welcome visitors to our community to enjoy those things with us, to come to our parks, and attend the events we plan. Until that can happen, until people are moving about more freely, here are some ways you can support our local merchants.

Are you sick of your own cooking yet? Tired of thinking about what to make for lunch or dinner? Give yourself, mom, or someone who needs a pick me up a break and order some food for take-out or delivery.

Here is a list of local restaurants offering those options. Contact them directly for menus, specials, and hours of operation:

Fast Food Options for Drive-Thru: 

  • Arby’s
  • Burger King
  • Wendy’s
  • Taco Bell
  • McDonald’s
  • Dairy Queen

Many of our shops are selling their wares online. Here’s a list of shops you can find on Facebook:

  • Back in the Woods – backinthewoods16.com
  • Clover Field Market – cloverfieldmarket.com
  • Buttercup Boutique & Salon
  • Mama’s Mending
  • Ovie’s Attic
  • Polished Day Spa
  • Tatum’s Place – shoptatums.com

Sadly, some events have been canceled or postponed. Our state parks remain closed but are awaiting news that they can reopen soon. Our governor is meeting with the governors of nearby states, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and Kentucky to create a plan to safely move toward businesses in Marshall and all our neighboring towns to reopen. The plan is to phase in sectors of the economy rather than reopen all at once. Each state will do things a little differently and in their time based on testing and numbers of people contracting the virus.

Our own Gov. J.B. Pritzker had issued a stay-at-home order through at least April 30. Still, in due time, restaurants and shops will reopen, women will be able to visit their hair salons, men their favorite barbershops. We will be able to go to gyms and spas, and worshipers will be able to commune at their church of choice. People will go back to their jobs, and life will go back to something that resembles normal. We have all been working hard together to stay safe, protect our elderly and sick, and ensure that our healthcare workers can do their jobs effectively. It’s been tough on some people more than others. This is an odd time in all of our lives, but we are in this together, in this once in a lifetime, shared experience. Although there is no clear timeline, the governor has said that some industry workers can go back to work soon restarting industry by industry, even company by company. He’s promised to update us all in the next several days.

In the meantime, the best way to assure that your favorite stores and eateries will still be there when things head back toward normal is to do what you can to support them. If you find that you can afford to buy a meal or something from their online shops, show them a little love. It will come back to you by knowing the town will be whole when this is over.