As the new coronavirus marches around the globe most of us are held up in self-isolation. The entire coronavirus saga is both depressing and surreal. No corner of the planet is safe from it. Businesses have shut down and millions of people have lost their jobs.
Many economists foresee a downturn that could rival the Great Depression. The $2.2 trillion emergency relief package that Congress recently approved sounds good, but we are leaving our children’s children with trillions in debt. If I re-winded and went back just two short months everything I just mentioned would sound like a reading of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, “1984.”
Needless to say, it was a breath of fresh air to read a positive story about people helping people. I thought it was ironic since the story is out of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas with its many nicknames from Sin City, Gambling Capital of the World and City of Lost Wages just to name a few doesn’t conjure up images of neighbor helping neighbor.
Las Vegas is known for its famous tagline,
“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”
The story of a Las Vegas coffee shop bringing back bartering all in the hopes of staying connected with the community and neighbor helping neighbor is enlightening especially during these times of great uncertainty.
See KSNV Channel 3 link: https://news3lv.com/news/local/las-vegas-business-brings-back-bartering-to-stay-connected-with-community?jwsource=cl
According to Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV is the story of Juanny Romero, CEO of Mothership Coffee Roasters and Sunrise Coffee. Ever since the Coronavirus pandemic began to take a toll on local businesses, she says she’s missing a key ingredient that many coffee shops thrive on – community.
“Not having my community around me was very devastating,” she said. “Coming out of that darkness, coming out of this need of answering how can I have may community back came the idea of the coffee barter program, Barter Las Vegas.”
“It was the perfect thing at the right time,” Beachy said. “We chatted for a little bit and it was just so fun.”
Since their initial transaction, Romero says they’ve traded coffee for several other goods that have been distributed to her family and her employees. One person even brought over two nice bottles of wine, according to Romero.
“He walked away with just two bags of coffee because he just wanted to share,” she said.