90% of my friends own their own business. Doctors, Lawyers, Contractors, Retail, Restaurateurs, etc. We discuss our businesses all the time. We support one another and we share the same concerns. THE ONE THING we have all experienced over the past few years is a “trend” of local support. It comes and goes in waves. Everyone likes to say they shop local and they want to support Ma – Pa business, along with young entrepreneurs who take huge risks to live “the dream”. But the fact is… billions of dollars were spent this year shopping online. And that money did NOT SUPPORT this community!
When a business shuts down or closes due to lack of business… people love to say things like “what a shame” or “too bad they didn’t have what it takes”, etc. THE FACT IS…. IF EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY SHOPPED LESS ONLINE AND INVESTED THEIR MONEY BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY…. over 95% OF SMALL BUSINESSES WOULD SUCCEED! ALL utilities, taxes, rent and insurance cost small business owners more than average. Usually double. LACK of local support… YEAR ROUND… NOT JUST HOLIDAYS…. NOT JUST “SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY” and the other trendy, “make you feel all fuzzy” days that are all over social media… But small business owners and artisans are at work daily… after hours!!! We would rather work 80 HOURS DOING WHAT WE LOVE… than work 40 hours for someone else doing what they love! AND WE DO IT FOR YOU AS WELL… we want to share our talents and we want you LOVE US as much as we LOVE OUR COMMUNITY!
Those of us who have started First Friday ViBe and are working diligently to bring Virginia Beach’s very own Art’s District are thankful for the supporters that come out every month… warm, cold, rainy…. WE LOVE YOU! WE APPRECIATE YOU! And we would love to see you more!
JUST IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW… in ViBe District…. There are several restaurants, retail shoppes, artist studios, custom building businesses, coffee shoppes, a florist, fabrics, interior designers, architects, an ad agency… and the list goes on! Everyone is excited for the growth and the energy here in The ViBe… SO PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE HERE…. YEAR ROUND…. and we PROMISE TO CONTINUE to surprise you and deliver AWESOME SERVICE with original and AMAZING PRODUCTS!