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Editor, The Beacon:

I love DeLand, and I really don’t want this virus to change it! I don’t want to see stores close.

I know putting money upfront to provide inventory is very risky for small retailers.

This is what I decided to do. I made a list of some things I would like to have. 

I went to the shops where I would order them, and paid for the items with the order.

When the items come in, I will not pick them up, but will let the shops put them on the shelf for sale — if the merchandise suits their store and they want to.

If the shops sell the items, fine, the shop can order another. Then, in January, I will go pick the items up.

The shop owners I spoke to like the idea. If it makes sense to you, we can provide inventory for the shops without risk. 

They may need a book: Community Inventory.

I know everyone has Amazon deliver to their doors, but I like the shops and the people in them. 

It’s worth a couple of dollars to see Downtown DeLand busy.

Chris Lagi



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