Just as in Dublin, Ireland, when I was in Mexico during COVID-19, the only shops that were open were barber shops, pharmacies, grocery stores, a couple of (now, reduced to) take-out-only restaurants and, ahem, extremely large departments stores.

Accordingly, I have been forced to shop at some extremely large department stores that I would normally try to avoid because it is those very shopping habits that destroy local economies and, in my opinion, the joy that shopping brings. (more soon).

During COVID-19, if I were a barber or a “take-out-only” restaurant (that is, “deemed” an essential service), I would attempt to “compete” with the Walmarts of the world by operating in the same way that they do: specifically, selling whatever the heck I like as long as I follow the social distancing rules. These would be MY top ten choices, in no particular order; however, ideally, this could be a great opportunity for the community to collaborate, save their local economy and drive the Walmarts of the world back into the wholesaling realm from which they emerged long ago:

  1. Musical instruments, music books, etcetera; perhaps, with a local artist performing in the background, signing autographs, etcetera (following all social distancing rules).
  2. Art supplies, art books, etcetera; perhaps with a local artist displaying their work, signing autographs, etcetera (following all social distancing rules)
  3. Gift Shop … (following all social distancing rules).
  4. Organic, fair-trade, local, organic and/or imported groceries (following all social distancing rules).
  5. Handmade chocolates, confectionaries and other sweets (following all social distancing rules).
  6. Bracelets, necklaces and rings: art that we love to give each other.

I will post the HTML code for this page as soon as possible; however, it is not properly documented or attributed to the source code. I am not trained in HTML. I purchased a website hosting package with Webnames.ca and purchased their template service and knew enough HTML and CSS to edit the code.

Some of my learning is being shared here: http://twb.rocks/learning-html/

 

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