Small businesses in Harvey hope people keep shopping locally

Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Post Office manager Carol Gale, Kev's Country Meats owner Candis Gordon, Jenny's Shoes and Fashion owner Jenny Faulkner, Billy's Cafe owner May Littlejohn, Partons IGA manager Scott Britza, GeoVino store manager Pam Bremner, Harvey Pharmacy team member Courtney Zappia, Cellarbrations Harvey manager Julie Birch, Dave's Retravision owner David Beech and Harvey Supa IGA grocery manager Renee Bennett encourage the community to "keep it local".
Camera IconPost Office manager Carol Gale, Kev's Country Meats owner Candis Gordon, Jenny's Shoes and Fashion owner Jenny Faulkner, Billy's Cafe owner May Littlejohn, Partons IGA manager Scott Britza, GeoVino store manager Pam Bremner, Harvey Pharmacy team member Courtney Zappia, Cellarbrations Harvey manager Julie Birch, Dave's Retravision owner David Beech and Harvey Supa IGA grocery manager Renee Bennett encourage the community to "keep it local". Credit: Briana Fiore/Briana Fiore

A resurgence in “shopping local” and “supporting local businesses” has been seen during the coronavirus pandemic — something business owners in Harvey hope will continue even after the threat fades.

Courageous small business owners and their staff have been tirelessly working through the pandemic to support the needs of their community.

Even when there were mountains of fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, frontline workers braved the deadly virus and continued to open their doors to help the residents of Harvey.

However, with the relaxation of regional boundaries people can now travel further for their shopping needs and Harvey business owners are encouraging residents to “shop locally” to keep their regional town alive.

Billy’s Cafe owner May Littlejohn said she would love for local support to continue into the future.

We really care about our customers and value their support.

May Littlejohn

“We know our customers by name.

“When you get your coffee from us you’re not just order number 52, you are a valued member of our community.”

Retravision owner David Beech said he hoped residents had explored the services available to them in town during the travel restriction period.

We have had such wonderful support from the local community.

David Beech

“As a business we never shy away from supporting and helping our local community in return.

“We hope this mutual support can continue well into the future.”

Jenny Faulkner, owner of Jenny Shoes and Fashion, said she “always loved local support”.

“It is so convenient to have so many great businesses in town,” Mrs Faulkner said.

Harvey Supa IGA manager Jo Sgambelluri said “our staff did a fantastic job during such a difficult and trying time, as did all the other local businesses in town”.

We are invested in the wellbeing of our community and its future.

Jo Sgambelluri

GeoVino manager Pam Bremner believed Harvey businesses were “very deserving of community support” after trading through a “very scary period”.

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