“I’ve never felt more a part of a community in my life.” – Emily Stephens, co-owner of Shady Grove Marketplace, after a cash mob saved her business this past Saturday.
The government cuts hit home the last few months as Freemason’s beloved mom-and-pop grocer, Shady Grove, fell on hard times. If it wasn’t for Go Local 7.5.7 pulling together a cash mob a few days before rent was due, they would be shut down right now.
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“Without the people of this community we’d be long gone and wondering, What do we do now?” said Emily. “All the people who came in to open accounts or just to say they love us… it was overwhelming.”
This time around, Shady Grove’s small business neighbors are working together on an event that will help make it a merry Christmas for them all. On Saturday, December 21, Cure and Shady Grove are hosting a Holiday Open House. From 6-9pm there will be a Wine Tasting fundraiser for Shady Grove. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online here. They’ll also have items from close to a dozen local businesses available as part of their pop-up retail section.
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UPDATE: PER THE FIRE MARSHAL’S REQUEST, THE SATYA HOLIDAY PARTY HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Satya Yoga has joined in to throw a Holiday Satsang Free Flow, Movie and Dance Party. There’s a free yoga class, door prizes, and they’ll have the amazing Samsara projected on the wall. There are rumors of Sangria that I will neither confirm nor disconfirm.
“Local businesses are where the personality of our community comes from,” said Logan Taylor, owner of Satya and a regular customer of Cure and Shady Grove. “That personality can’t come from chain stores.”
Shopping small businesses needs to be an everyday ethic throughout the year, but in times like these it’s vital that we come together and support the places that make Hampton Roads and Norfolk what it is.
“We’re not just businesses, we’re a community,” said Angel Graves, a longtime barista at Cure. “We have people that go to yoga at Satya. If we need to exchange produce, Shady Grove always swaps out produce for us. We’re friends. We like each other.”
And we like them.