From Royals soda shop to The Liberty, Elkin is filled with small businesses. Although some prefer to shop in larger cities, small businesses still provide many of the necessities and luxuries for everyday life here in Elkin. Shopping locally makes a difference to small business owners and means Elkin will have a thriving economy in the future.
Jason Brown, owner of Willow Ridge Custom Sawing and Lumber, uses his portable sawmill for anyone needing his services. He said that good customer service and word-of-mouth sharing could help all small businesses flourish.
Like many small business owners, Brown has a common-sense approach to serving his neighbors in his community. “I would like to provide the community with a service — something I think they can use,” Brown said.
That sense of friendly service is common in area businesses. Myra Cook, president of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce, said, “Elkin Pharmacy is the most-visited small business in Elkin. The staff is very polite.”
Although Elkin has a wide variety of shops and entertainment, the town still lacks a few necessities. “Elkin greatly needs a shoe repair store, a dress shop, an office supply store and a frame shop,” Cook said.
Although big-box stores can offer cheaper goods, they often lack the customer service and quality found in the products of home-grown providers. “I feel small businesses are more beneficial for Elkin. A small business can specialize in just a few articles, catering to what their customers desire,” said Cook.
Whatever their views of small businesses, most people agree that shopping locally supports the community in a positive way. Next time you’re riding through downtown Elkin, be sure to pick up a fascinating book at Diana’s Books and later swing by Dirty Joe’s for a great cup of coffee and a good homemade dessert. It will make the day brighter and will make the community stronger.
Eryn Brown, Emma Swaim, and Katie Kellam are English students at Elkin High School.