Small biz perseveres as favorites like Hoby’s, Brick Oven stay in the game

sampler Hoby's General Store
Sampler from Hoby’s Honey and General Store

I can’t tell you how excited I was this morning to see that Hoby’s now delivers locally. We are almost out of the honey my husband got me for Christmas, and no one does honey better than Hoby’s. The only honey we like as much is made by a friend of ours, Jamie Hooten, in upstate Carolina. Surfing the Web today, I also noticed Brick Oven Pizzeria in Orange Park and Taziki’s Mediterranean in Mandarin are persevering to keep the doors open in what I see as the most difficult economic environment in my lifetime.

Florida has a big agrarian sector delivering billions of dollars to our state. Fresh from Florida is stepping up to the plate by keeping us informed about farmers and by creating a page showing where we can buy directly from farmers.

I plan to work up an order from Hoby’s, and we’re going to plan some takeout from Brick Oven and Taziki’s. Many other small businesses are trying hard to accommodate patrons during this difficult time. I don’t know about you, but I am really tired of home cooking.

Hoby’s is very supportive of local artists by carrying a number of their products, and Brick Oven is a great partner in the live music sector in Jacksonville.

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(Kay B. Day/April 16, 2020)

CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler
CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler

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