By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 15, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tropical storm Irma shut down the city for days and canceled two football games that left some business owners high and dry.
That's why local retailers are declaring a city-wide Recovery Cash Mob this weekend. The goal is to help offset a week of lost revenue.
Local businesses are suffering from the canceled FSU football games, which brings in almost $7-million from out of town visitors. Nearly 1,400 local businesses are Tallahassee, but when Irma arrived, places like Cabo's on were forced to close its doors for two days.
"We’re generally all on a thread so it's pretty significant when we lost like a couple days’ worth of business." Said the owner of Cabo’s, Mike Ferrara.
Ferrara opened his restaurant 30 years ago. He said shopping local is a true example of the community supporting neighbors.
"We came here because we love Tallahassee, we support Tallahassee, and local people serving local people. It’s kind of what makes things go around," Ferrara said.
The closure resulted in lost shifts and revenue for employees, most of which are not salaried.
"It’s not just painful for us, it's painful for our staff because they're out of work too," Ferrara said.
Other local shops like Retrofit Records on Gaines St. lost business for a couple days, and folks said they're essential for building community wealth.
"They’re the cornerstone of our economy. They support the local artists and musicians, so just going out to your favorite restaurant or merchant this weekend will really help set the economy straight and get us back on track after Irma," said president of Shop Local 850.
Every time you shop local, Berg says three times more money stays in the Tallahassee economy. If you're looking to hit some of those local businesses this weekend, visit ShopLocal 850 on Facebook for offers and a list of some of the shops.