Today, Rose Luxton is taking a break from promoting her home decor inventory on Instagram – a continuing source of online orders for her – to update her QuickBooks accounting skills in case she needs to take over the bookkeeping of her Bronte business Lakeside Livin’.

Rose’s three-year-old storefront is located on Bronte at Lakeshore. As owner of the building and proprietor of the business, she’s taking advantage of the COVID-19 closure to prepare for a brighter future.

“If my business doesn’t survive,” says Rose, “I want to know I left blood, sweat and tears behind; that I did everything I could.”

What Rose is Doing/Has Done:

·    Updating her website (tweaks she was going to do later this year)

·    Taking free virtual workshops through the Digital Main Street program

·    Rotating the products displayed in her storefront windows – “Lots of people are walking by,” she says.

·    Updating the paper message posted on her door inviting customers to call about products

·    Following financial support various governments have offered; she hasn’t applied for any yet

·    Posting positive messages or pictures about Bronte on her Instagram and Facebook pages

·    Cancelled future inventory (Easter-themed products) she knew she couldn’t sell or carry for a year

·    Applied for a Facebook Small Business grant

·    Laid off her part-time staff; she’s the remaining staff although she’s not paying herself

·    Called her regular customers to check in on how they’re doing

·    Staying busy and staying positive

“I imagine when this is over, people will be clamouring to shop, eat out and re-connect,” she says, “I want to be ready.”

Watch the 2018 Hidden Gems video of Rose in action.

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