Between the Lines



Life is slowly returning to a version of normal. Businesses are opening and folks are emerging from their quarantine. Spring will become summer and the schedules of our community will become routine once again. I for one have been anxiously waiting for the opportunity to eat in a restaurant or pop in a retailer to buy a goodie or two. It feels good to have some semblance of normalcy.

With Alabama reopening, it’s easy to hop in the car and run to Trussville for a shopping spree or head to Cullman for dinner. But, before you start your engines and burn rubber, ask yourself this question: “What can I do here?”

Hundreds of small businesses have counted the seconds for this moment to arrive. Blount Countians, just like you and me, have desperately wanted to switch on the “open” sign and welcome in patrons. The past two months have been devastating to many – not just financially, but emotionally. Now they have the chance to start rebuilding what was lost… let’s help them.

It’s our chance to suit up and earn the reputation we have as a caring, giving county. Buy your groceries here; get your car serviced here; buy your plants and home improvement items here; take the kids for ice cream here; buy your summer wardrobe here; get your summer hairdo here… just keep it here.

As much as we all have the itch to get out and get back at it, our local businesses have the itch to stay in business. Shop local has never, in my lifetime anyway, been so important.

I plan to eat out, shop, and fulfill my two-month long desire of having options again. I just plan to do it, if at all possible, in Blount County first!

Until next time, I hope you find something new here in Blount County. It’s a good old place to call home.

-Richard Phillips