One of the greatest aspects of small-town life is the uniqueness that separates it from that of larger cities. Much of it rests upon the businesses that folks do not find in larger cities.

It stems from dining spots in downtown areas, drive-in restaurants, mouthwatering Cajun cuisine, local barbershops, boutiques, antique stores, car dealers, furniture/appliance stores, auto parts stores, hardware stores, hometown grocers and pharmacies and even full-service gas stations.

The list could go on and on.

We know the names of those places throughout Pointe Coupee Parish, and most of us realize they offer goods and services we often cannot find in large cities.

Without doubt, we also need the large chains that provide us with goods and services every day.

In these times of dire circumstances, they need us as much as we need them.

These businesses bring millions of dollars in sales tax revenue to our parish to fund services provided to us on a daily basis.

In addition, they provide paychecks to the many employees who make a living in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Maybe those attributes sound like common knowledge, but we should never take them for granted – particularly right now.

The coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent “shelter-in-place” mandate – an unfortunate necessity at this time – likely will force some businesses into an unscheduled hiatus.

Some may not have the resources to resume operation, due to lack of money or lack of available employees.

Each business in Pointe Coupee Parish represents a building block of our local economy.

The loss of even one establishment makes it a bit tougher to provide services, jobs and tax revenue for our parish.

We will rebound, but we need to do our part to ensure they, too, will bounce back. More than ever, they need our support.