Right now, there are many businesses and individuals struggling and the results are felt by everyone. It’s not clear how this is going to end, or when it will end, but one thing is for sure: we are all in this together and we have the power to help each person and each business still thrive admits this economic uncertainty.
It’s great to share posts on social media, but let’s take it a step forward and support local Georgia businesses who are putting people first.As millennials, it is up to us to take charge by supporting local businesses, sharing information about them, and spreading positivity. Here are a few Georgia businesses to support right now:
Good Kitchen and Market
Good Kitchen and Market is a sweet little restaurant and coffee shop right off of the Marietta Square, next to Kennestone Hospital. They are committed to providing healthy and nutritious meals to their community and customers. In addition, they are also providing meals to the hospital staff right across the street. They have asked customers to donate, if possible, and one customer even donated his entire stimulus check to buying food for the hospital workers. Amazing! It is one of the only healthy restaurants in Marietta and the food is so great, as well.
Bennett Thrasher is an accounting firm located out of the Vinings area of Atlanta. They have been donating to amazing causes (like The Giving Kitchen) during this time. While they are hurting financially, they are committed to taking care of their employees. Instead of furloughing their employees or reducing their pay, their partners are taking the direct hit, ensuring that their employees do not hurt during this time. During a time where so many people are thinking cash first, it says a lot about this company to act humanely and put their employees first.
We cannot forget about the businesses that need help – while also helping YOU! Established in 1980 as an alternative to banks and traditional pawnbrokers, Chapes-JPL provides low interest loans on gold, diamonds, jewelry, watches and other valuable assets, such as cars, purses, and more. Based out of Atlanta, in the heart of Buckhead (right off of Lenox Road), Chapes-JPL services over 18,000 customers nationwide and is committed to providing a comfortable and private office setting for their clients. Since Chapes-JPL loans strictly on collateral, they do not require credit checks, tax returns, job verification, or even personal references. Their typical loans are done in minutes, instead of days or weeks, like some of their competitors. Instead of charging many fees and high interest rates like some places, Chapes-JPL provides low interest rates without additional fees, in order to make their clients’ lives easier and less stressful. If you are struggling right now financially, this may be a great way to get a bit of extra cash. They also say, “we buy jewelry Atlanta,” so if you are not interested in a low-interest asset loan, but have jewelry that you want to get rid of, consider taking it there to grab some extra cash.
The Giving Kitchen
The Giving Kitchen is a non-profit organization based out of Atlanta, Georgia that is doing amazing things right now! With so many restaurant employees out of work, they are really helping those individuals get by. The Giving Kitchen provides financial assistance and SafetyNet resources to those in the Metro Atlanta, Athens, Columbus and Rome restaurant communities who need help to cover their living expenses while recovering from an accident, illness or disaster. GK also provides assistance to eligible restaurant workers to help pay for funeral arrangements for immediate family members. GK offers two types of Crisis Grants: direct grants that pay basic living expenses, and matching grants that match funds raised by a restaurant team on the behalf of a co-worker in need. To better serve the needs of our community, all restaurant workers in need of emergency assistance from GK should start with the Assistance Inquiry Form.
While there are so many other businesses out there that need support, these are just a few that we have noticed lately. Do you have any other favorite businesses in the Atlanta area? Let us know so that we can try our best to support them in some way!