Back in March—what feels like years ago, but, we’re told, was only months ago—Time Out changed its name to Time In as people all over the world were suddenly asked to stay indoors. Both here in L.A. and around the world, we seem to be stuck in a cycle of reopenings and, unfortunately, some reclosures. Basically, it’s becoming clear that social distancing in some form will be with us for the long run, and that spells danger for the places that make city life worth living.
Our editors have been seeking out the best of city life since 1968, when Time Out launched in London. We know that our cities are nothing without their restaurants, cafés, bars, theaters, music venues, nightclubs, movie theaters, art galleries—and all the other local, independently run places where people come together to eat, drink, laugh, think, create, cut loose and fall in love.
If we don’t take action right now, countless places like this will have to close their doors permanently. Many venues, already struggling to pay their bills, face a total collapse in footfall or a huge bill to adapt to social distancing. And millions of bartenders, waiters, cooks, artists, musicians, actors, filmmakers, designers and other creatives and makers have been left unable to earn a living.
We started by officially lending our voice to 16 crucial campaigns that are fighting to support local food, drink, culture and entertainment in cities worldwide, including this city’s own LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund. We’re proud to support the organizations raising funds, spreading the word and lobbying decision-makers in order to safeguard the local spots that keep our cities’ lifeblood pumping.
Now, as Black Friday and the holiday shopping season approaches, here’s why you should spend your money with local businesses. Throughout 2020 and beyond, we’ll be devoting ourselves to supporting and celebrating small food, drink, arts and culture spots. Our editors here in L.A. and across the world will raise awareness of venues that need your help, shout about the places that deserve your support, give businesses a platform to reach new customers and celebrate the best neighbourhood spots in cities worldwide.
We’re asking city-dwellers around the world to show support for small businesses every day by going out, spending money with independents and donating to fundraisers. Wherever you are, we’ll help you discover and support the amazing local businesses that make our cities great.
And finally, to the businesses going through a tough time right now: know that we’re with you. We’ll do this together.
Editor, Time Out Los Angeles