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FRANKLIN — On Main Street in Franklin, many restaurant signs read 'Open.'
They're all carry-out only as dine-in meals are forbidden during the coronavirus emergency. But those who could, called in their lunch orders and picked them up.
"For me, it's about tipping extra, shopping local," Emily West, a customer, said.
"It's critical," she continued. "For some of these people, it's their only income. There could be a single mom or single father, and this helps them raise their kids.
The owner of "Court Street Cafe" will mark her fifth year in business on April 3. She's working hard to keep her business open.
"We had a lot of people coming in today buying chicken salad by the pound and loaves of banana bread. They are supporting local businesses; if they don't, we won't be here," the owner said. "You're pretty much looking at anyone who owns a small business in a small town; we can't go long."
"Anything we can do to help support local," Stephanie Wagner, another customer, said. "It's an unprecedented time right now. I'm trying to do my part."
No one knows how long this will go on for, but for now, people in Franklin say they plan to shop local and help their neighbors.