MONROE, CT — Leslie Troy directed a customer toward a rack a clothing she was interested in, while standing behind the counter inside Pemberley Designer Consignments at Clock Tower Square on Main Street Friday afternoon. “The best thing about being a small business owner is it’s about community,” Troy said. “Each business has to create its community, and within that build relationships. You’re not going to go into a big box store and have people greet you by name and say, ‘I have something that will look fabulous on you.'”
Troy said she sometimes holds things aside when she knows a customer will be coming in, who would be interested in the garments. Retailers and other small business owners like Troy are struggling to stay afloat amid restrictions from the Coronavirus pandemic, but a promotion encouraging people to shop local may help.