Thinking Ahead

Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market. 

I hope everyone is enjoying their newfound freedom!  Based on how it has been in the store the last couple of days, it has looked a lot like a jail break from my perspective.  We love having a lot of business, but the last couple of days have been similar to when this whole mess started. 

As I mentioned earlier this week, I don’t know that anything has changed about this virus, so we all still need to remain vigilant about safety measures.  We are going to continue to keep the same safety measures in place here at the store for the foreseeable future. 

That being said, it is sure good to see some of the other businesses in the shopping center starting to open up.  I have missed seeing all of my fellow small business owners, and friends, for the last several weeks.  I hope everyone will start supporting them as they get going again.  I have had a lot of sleepless nights since this all started, and my business has been thriving.  I can’t imagine what all of them must be going through.  I know this community will rally around them just as you have done for me during these times.  They need us more than ever!

All of the businesses in this community make up the Rocky Hill Business District.  This was organized several years ago, and I think the main reason for it is to plan and sponsor the now “world-famous” Rocky Hill Christmas Parade!  Well I don’t know if it is “world-famous”, but it would be if we were not trying to keep it our “little secret” in this community.  Anyway, that is one of the many ways the businesses in this community lend their support to this community, so we all need to make sure we show them the support they need now!

Now, about the Christmas Parade, I saw one of the many parade organizers in the store the other day, and the parade came up.  She told me she wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to do the parade this year, because of all this mess.  Well I say, we have to have the parade.  The government might take away our Bill of Rights, but they can’t take away the Rocky Hill Christmas Parade!  I will be glad to provide mask and gloves to everyone, if it comes to that.  I will even get masks for Sam’s horses, if need be, and I don’t even like horses!

Maybe that should be our goal?  Maybe, the parade could serve as the signal that everything is back to normal in Rocky Hill.  Let’s all get behind our local businesses and help them get back on their feet, as they start back up, so they can keep supporting the things that this community values, especially the Parade!

Thanks for letting us be a part of your community!

Tom Butler

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