Local businesses continuing to stay ‘Macon Strong’
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One year ago, restaurant owner, Chrissy Lee was forced to close her doors.
“At the time, I thought everything would be boarded up in town,” Lee explained. “I thought most places would be closed, and I thought that I’d have to move back home with my parents.”
She closed her restaurant, Parish on Cherry, and had to let go of several employees. However, instead of sinking into her sadness, she chose to uplift others.
“We used my kid’s stuff that was here when they were coloring one day and we just made the signs,” Lee explained.
Several poster boards make up a sign that says ‘Macon Strong’, and another has a special poem to encourage compassion toward others.
The ‘Macon Strong’ signs are a year old now, and fellow business owner Teresa Spencer says she’s seen them every day coming into her shop.
“I saw the signs and I thought they weren’t going to come back, but it was encouraging though,” Stephens said. “You know even though they weren’t open she still stayed encouraged that she was going to come back to downtown.”
Spencer says when she felt hopeless, the signs helped remind her to keep going.
“If we stay together encouraging one another, I believe we’re going to be okay,” she said.
Now that businesses have re-opened, both continually work to recover from the past year. With new challenges ranging from staffing shortages to playing by pandemic rules, Lee says she will not let anything get in her way, and just like her business, the signs will stay.
“I think it’s good to remember and to be appreciative for everything that we have,” Lee explained. “Because even though we’re open now, it’s good to remember and show gratitude for what you have because everything could get taken away.”