LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Shopping local is more important now than ever before. That’s why for Wednesdays Always Together Always Local segment we hear from Scott Hawkins the owner of Mattress Superstore in Lafayette. He’s been a local business owner in Lafayette since 1990.
"All the other stores like mine are chain stores and your money leaves Lafayette,” said Scott Hawkins the owner of Mattress Superstore. “ All your money is spent here all of it if you shop with us. Our employees are here everything we do is here."
Hawkins was born and raised in Lafayette. That's why when he opened his business he knew he wanted it to be in his hometown because he knew he’d had support.
"The best is all your other connections to all the other local businesses, “said Hawkins. “We all try to help each other for sure."
Mattress Superstore had to close down during the stay at home order, however, Hawkins made sure his employees were taken care of.
"I paid them full time the whole time,” added Hawkins. “We never did anything with unemployment, they were paid full pay the entire time."
Which he says, is what sets small businesses apart.
"Everybody who has their own business is more like a farmer’s market in my mind,” added Hawkins. “They get exactly what they want and they care about every item on their shelf."
That's why he's encouraging everyone to support local businesses, during their time of need.
"If everybody sticks together in the Lafayette community and buys from each other, we'll be ok,” added Hawkins. “If we don't, then I guess we all can't complain about our favorite restaurant or store or that mom and pop that went away well that's our own fault."
Mattress Superstore is now open during its normal hours of operations. For more information on what they have to offer click here. If you have a local business that you think should be featured send us an email with a suggestion.