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Series: Coronavirus | Story 15

Last updated 3/12/2020 at 9:36am

As you all are aware, our world is in the thick of fear and mystery about recent headlines regarding the coronavirus – COVID-19. It's a scary thing and one to take very seriously.

As locals to the greater Seattle area, "America's Coronavirus Capital," all of us have the unique responsibility to do our part in lessening the spread of this virus by what the CDC recommends – Stay home when sick. Cover coughs and sneezes. Frequently wash hands with soap and water. Clean frequently touched surfaces.

As a business, we are taking extra steps to ensure the health of our community by thoroughly cleaning our counters, doorknobs, phones, merchandise, and yes, even the pens. We're running skeleton crews at all our shops and encouraging all employees to stay home with any suspicion of symptoms connected to the coronavirus.

But we need your help.

As a small family business already wrestling the Goliath presence of big online retailers, the addition of this virus will have been a feat unmatched for us and all our fellow local businesses when it's over.

Kennelly Keys Music, founded in 1960 by my grandpa, Roy Kennelly, has always prided itself in serving our community and building relationships before business. With this mission statement in mind, my dad and current owner, William Kennelly, decided on behalf of the company to step away from e-commerce with hope to nurture and champion the human need (and gift) to have face-to-face interactions – a decision that took great courage and one I am immensely proud to support.

But what does that mean for us as we enter into a season of people being afraid to leave their homes?

Here's one thing we know for sure: big online retailers will be just fine. So with that, please support your local businesses. All of them!

Because, to be frank, it's not about profit at this point, it's about survival. If you're unsure how you can best support a local business, call them and ask. Take a break from Amazon. Put a face to the things you buy.

In the wake of this virus, the answer is not to pretend it doesn't exist, nor is it to barricade yourself away from the world until the virus is gone.

So meet us in the middle between the two – that very sanitized and enjoyable middle full of the great people of our community. In honor of our transparency, we hope you'll continue to trust and support us small businesses through this scary and mysterious time.

Matthew W. Kennelly, an Edmonds resident, is with Kennelly Keys Music.


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