BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Supply chain issues brought on by the covid pandemic continue to wreak havoc on local businesses. Now inflation and skyrocketing gas prices only add insult to injury for small business owners.
Mike McKinney, owner of The Archives comic book store in Bowling Green, says his business continues to be affected by the lack of a very essential item…plastic
“we get them at every opportunity and we get through them!” It’s been hard to get anything plastic this year without paying top dollar for them”
McKinney says there are comics he can’t put on store shelves because without covers the books could fall apart or be damaged.
Another hard-to-get essential supply is the cardboard backing to help keep the comics in good condition.
But the latest hurdle for McKinney’s small business is soaring gas prices.
“Gasoline prices affect everyone. Your hobbies are always your last money, never your first money. Your first money goes to rent, mortgage, food, and gas.
People paying more at the pump leaves less “fun” money for things like comic books.
McKinney doesn’t let those obstacles slow him down though, he says in tough times, you just don’t give up.
“Preparing for the unknown is difficult. You just don’t know. It is the unknown. So you just do the best you can. You go on and on and keep plugging in. That’s what you do as a small business, you don’t give up, you just keep going.