Neighborhoods are defined by their coffee shops. It’s a place for people to meet up with friends, complete their next project, and grab a cup of coffee on their way to work. Even if you’re a Starbucks or The Coffee Bean loyalist, you can’t deny the power of a good hole-in-the-wall café.
However, running a successful small business is not simple. 20% of new businesses fail within their first two years, 45% fail within their first five years, and 65% fail within ten years, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. In particular, the coffee industry is highly competitive.
How then can you support these local businesses? Your individual influence extends further than you may realize. Here are six ways to positively impact your favorite café.
Become a Regular
This may seem obvious, but if you want to support your neighborhood coffee shop, simply purchase your coffee there.
“Becoming a regular customer at your favorite coffee shop is the best way to support it. Kristin Uptain, marketing manager at Redde Payments, remarked, “Regular visits, whether daily or weekly, help keep businesses thriving and inform proprietors of the demand for their product.”