The Other Small Businesses.

2nd Floor & 2nd Bedroom Businesses.

Our company, AboutOurWork, is located on the 2nd floor of a beautifully restored, 3-story historic building on Gay Street. Gay Street is one of the busiest streets in the heart of our Capital City. It’s a strollable street with plenty of retail, restaurants, coffee shops, and hotels.

The first floor of our building is home to Due Amici, a modern-Italian restaurant with exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and hardwood floors. It’s a striking space and they do an impressive lunch business They also have a happy hour that fills the bar with professionals, politicos, and creatives that make up the Gay Street Business District.

All of the retail businesses that make up our Gay Street Business District are exactly the types of businesses that you’d expect to see listed and promoted on sites like Yelp or Google Local. They’re also the types of businesses that are supported by the likes of Small Business Saturday by American Express, Mission Main Street by JP Morgan Chase, and 10,000 Small Businesses by Goldman Sachs. Each of these organizations do a fantastic job of promoting small businesses and encouraging shoppers to support local retailers.

But what about the 2nd floor/2nd bedroom businesses?

For every single Gay Street retailer (like Due Amici), there’s likely several more small businesses and startups working above them, on the 2nd floors or even in 2nd bedrooms. Just in our building alone, there are at least 6 businesses with fewer than 5 employees that call the 2nd floor above Due Amici home.

Beyond our building, I can think of at least 2 dozen businesses, on our block, that are above the storefronts that make up the Gay Street Business District.

I’m sure there are dozens more.

How do we recognize these other small businesses?

As Small Business Saturday kicks off this week, we once again look forward to celebrating and supporting the retailers and restaurants that make up our small business community but we also want to remember the other professionals and creatives (above our retailers and restaurants) that also are a part of our small business community. We look forward to supporting the other small businesses and also encourage others to give them the attention they deserve.

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